|Spin Offs|| Full Stories
|Preceded By||The Rise of Lucerne|
|Followed By||Burning Dreams|
|Narration||POV Narrative, Unreliable Narration|
Westros is the third story of the New World series, and continues the story line of the world and is one of the core stories inside the overall Valley of Lucerne Series. The story describes the Kingdom of Lucerne's rise in the region of Westros, and the conflict that brews because of this and the rise of House Targaryan. Also this story will deal heavily with the Kingdom of Arnor who is threatened immensely by The Empire.
In the preview chapter the POV character of Marcel Lovie II. is laying in the ruins of Frostmore while he discusses in his last minutes how the city fell, and what transpired to leave him broken and near death in some Arnor City. As he nears death he is found by Arthas Menathil who at first appears to help him, before stabbing him in the chest and then moving his forces onwards.
The story also deals heavily with the changes in the life of House Lovie as they are forced to watch as the death of Brooke Scott changes things for them in many ways, and also the drifting of William away from Bella Swan and towards Leven Martell.
Westros begins with a council meeting held by William Lovie where the details of the collapsing situation in Arnor are revealed but William and the council are unsure just how bad things have gotten. Western Arnor collapses underneath a massive demonic invasion by Kevin Zegars and Chris Hemsworth falls in battle leading to The Empire invading the remaining eastern Arnor. Lucerne sends forces under the command of Marcel Lovie who are to meet with the army of Lorderon who are going to try and defend Fornost. The defence fails and Marcel retreats to Frostmore where he is fatally wounded and then killed when Arthas's force arrives and shows its true colors by revelaing the massive skeletal armies of Arthas. Following the fall of Arnor the situation switches to Saiden Scarlet of whom details the beggining of the First Bolten War with Luceren of which begins with the attack against the Divine Lands.
|William Lovie III.|
|Marcel Lovie II.|
Births and Deaths
In the preview chapter the POV character of Marcel Lovie II. is laying in the ruins of Frostmore while he discusses in his last minutes how the city fell, and what transpired to leave him broken and near death in some Arnor City. As he nears death he is found by Arthas Menathil who at first appears to help him, before stabbing him in the chest and then moving his forces onwards.
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Brooke Scott is the POV Character of the second half of the prologue chapter and during this she rides the watches from afar the changes in her beloved William and then as she returns from flying above Lucerne to her cottage that she has built in the mountains she sences people inside the cottage and prepares to see her mother of sorts in Flemeth. Entering the cottage she does not find her mother but instead finds her sister she is visited by Odin of whom removes much of her coruption and then when commanded to kill William she resists and instead meets him on his way to the mountains. Following William she sees through his mind as the POV switches to a William centric chapter but it is being seen through her eyes.
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Seeing the sigil the dragon made a step backwards before speaking. Its voice was frightening in its scale but at the same time if you closed your eyes you would have barely known it wasn't human. "I know your family well human. I suppose the man one destroyed the images of me while he destroyed everything else that was good of your people." Moving closer I felt a gnawing at my mind before I heard his voice in my head. "I know who you are William Lovie third of his name, son of Bill Lovie. You are the great-grandson of the man that murdered my child." Saying those words I knew immediatly that despite the imposibility of what he was telling me this was Stragnarax the ancient mount of William Lovie my original namesake.
"My great-grand father was a mad man...and I cannot believe that you would think we are all like he was. You Will..."
"You shall not speak his name. He was beyond anything you could ever understand. Perfection in everything he did, that man simply wanted his family and friends, and the people he protected to have the best of everything he could offer them. And what did that get him and his son. Death. Their honor got them death from your blood. You stand here and it is as if I stare at the ghost of William himself. It is a travesty that someone as tainted as you should have his looks."
"All I can say is that the mistakes of my great-grandfather are beyond apology, but I would like to have the chance to prove what I am capable of...what together we could be capable of." He gave another throat-ed cough, but this time he looked behind him and though I saw nothing he clearly did as he shook his head.
"I swore the day your blood killed mine that I would never enter that tainted city again unless I was going to burn the entire city to the ground." It was a common question among the scholars of my people. Why had the great Stragnarax not intervened and stopped John? Why had he not taken revenge? Why had he not done so many things.
"Why didn't you?"
"Every ounce of my being wishes to destroy everything in that blighted city but...but a man I trusted and loved made me promise once that I would never harm it. He made me promice to protect Lucerne, and to never cause it harm. He never made me promice to protect you though. " A mighty chill went down my spine as I was threatened by a creature that William had wrote had been alive for the creation of our world itself. Old beyond counting was this creature and I was in its sights.
"I am a part of Lucerne."
"A destructive and cruel part." Leven had ahold of my shoulder and I knew she could feel that Stragnarax was not going to see reason. I knew she wanted me to look back at her, but a part of me couldn't believe it would end this way.
"You cannot know that." I wanted to believe that I wasn't destructive but in my short time as King of Lucerne I had done my share of destruction. It had a purpose, but it was destructive none the less.
"I have seen gods. I have watched demons blot out the sky. I have seen extinction of races, and the near destruction of my own. I can see your mind human, and I see death."
"I'm sorry for everything that..." I felt the gnawing at my mind and he returned to speaking to me mentally.
"Its over human. Its time to meet your Glaurung and see what your capable of in the afterlife." I wanted to say something. Say anything really. Try and make him stop, but looking into his eyes you could just see how lost he was. Completely lost in bad memories, and regret and there was nothing I could do to repair what had been done to him in the past.
He opened his mouth and I watched as the fire billowed out of its mouth and came towards me, and looking back at Leven, and Jasper I smiled knowing I was surrounded at the end by loved ones. As I waited for the end a massive crash came in front of me knocking me onto Leven and flinging us into the snow. Getting myself up I checked to make sure Leven, and Jasper were alright before turning around and seeing another dragon between us and Stragnarax. You could still see Stragnarax behind him so large was he, but this new white dragon was still massive in its own right.
Stragnarax moved forward attempting to get by the smaller dragon, but the smaller one pushed his wings out pushing back Stragnarax who let out a hiss of a noise which forced us to cover our ears it was so loud.
For minutes they circled each other. No noises but the occasional hiss from Straganarax, but from the way he had talked before I believe they could somehow choose who they were speaking to in some incredible way. And then suddenly from behind us another Dragon dropped from the sky and without a sound moved to stand beside the other Dragon that was seemingly standing between us and certain death. With the arrival of the second dragon I felt clawing in my mind again and saw Leven fall to my right as she held her head.
"Leven!" I grabbed her by the shoulders holding her up.
"I feel something in my mind William." Jasper came and held her up as well, but he showed no signs of feeling anything, although knowing him he could be in any kind of pain and we would never know the difference.
"It's alright Leven. It's the Dragon." I'm not sure that was comforting but at least she knew now why the feeling was happening. I was shook by the feeling of flapping as Stragnarax smashed his wings on the ground before pushing the two smaller dragons out of the way and standing right in front of me.
"Your here for death human." His face moved so close to mine that I could see the scales all of his face, and the way crystals somehow dotted pieces of the scales making him look like some expensive merchants garb.
"I am here for this valley. I am here to keep us all safe from anything that would harm us." He hissed again at me.
"Your murderous great grandfather once thought the same way. I thought he was a good person as well. I thought he wanted to keep everything in the valley safe. I was wrong with him, but I will not watch as trusting another of your kind gets my people murdered."
"We need each other. Surely you see in this new world we can work amazing things if only we work together for the common good."
"I will give you this warning because my children have so foolishly deemed you worthy of protection." Looking around him at the two smaller dragons at least I knew who they were now, and which side they were on. "If you return here I will kill you. If you return here I will burn your body and drop you over the city I watched your ancestor build."
I wanted to say something. Once again I found no time though as the moment I had opened my mouth his massive wings pushed out and he flew into the sky moving deeper into the mountains.
Leven Martell is the POV Character of Chapter One and she, William, and Jasper make their way back from the Mountains of Lucerne and they see a new happiness to William as he had recieved the good news from Lornax that perhaps reconsilitation would be possible at some point. Jasper goes ahead while William makes an excuse and stays with Leven where he grabs her hand and lays down in the snow getting her to join him. The two hold hands for some time and as he stares at her smiling the two kiss for the first time in years, and after kissing her he pulls back smiling and then gets up taking her with him as they fly back to Lucerne. Returning to Lucerne they are met by Emma Bell, Bella Swan, and Alice Lovie of whom tell him that they have recieved word from Arnor that the Valerians have attacked the west and there will be an assault by the Empire at any point. Leven joins the meeting hosted with the Arch Lords and the Grand Lords of Lucerne where William discusses the collapsing situation in Arnor. Leven Martell and the rest of the Shadow Council at this point deals with the fact that at the same time this is happening they have not heard back from Edward of whom travelled into Lorderon on a search to find coruption in House Menathil, and they fear the worst. William during this meeting commands Leven, and Emmett lead a force to Lorderon to find out what has happened and they will be supported heavily by the Riverlands.
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William stepped behind the throne, and I saw him look around the room scanning for something. From the outside he had the look of a man utterly secure, and calm but I knew differently. His brow moved somewhat, and I could see from the way his hand gripped the chair he was worried. As he finally spotted me at the door he stopped scanning, and I gave him a smile which he didn't return with his mouth, but I could see it in his eyes. "I'm sorry to have gathered you all so quickly, but we have serious issues to discuss."
"If the rumors and stories are to be believed then Arnor may already be doomed." Bianca Swann spoke first, and her position was such that it always suprised me that she seemed so confident. Handed the position of representative on the council for House Swan she was tied through marriage into House Lovie, and that gave her clout beyond what basicalyl anyone else at the table could stand to have.
"We have to go under the belief Lady Swann that we can intervene succesfully." A cough arose from the table as Maester Vaeherhies let out one of his sickly coughing spouts and excused himself from the room.
"Your Grace is correct. No matter what the whispers are saying we cannot simply stand idle as the only wall between us and the Teutons is broken."
"Your forces are already marshallening to resist the Boltens, I don't see what more the Lannisters can offer Tywin."
"There are many that are not fighting in the breache and it seems obvious that the idle should be required to heavily send forces northward to releive Arnor."
"You would ask the king to ask recently conquered lands to send soldiers to fight in a conflict that most believe to be already lost?"
"These newcomers need understand that being a part of this land has responsiblities. For too long it has appeared that all that has changed for them is the ability to grow trade, and have us move in and protect them." It was still shocking to see Tywin speaking in such strong language of support for William, but I begin to realize that maybe losing everything that mattered to him had changed him. What once seemed to be a ruse, came to be for me more and more a version of the truth I just never would have thought possible.
"Speaking as one of the privaleged newcomers to this kingdom Lannister, I say that my soldiers are deployed all across the theater. I do not know of whom you speak when you speak of these lands that are leaching off the spoils of being apart of the Kingdom of Lucerne." Jamie Tully had the look of someone you could push around quite easily, but like the rumors had said he was growing up. Growing into himself he seemed confident despite his physical weakenesses, and that atleast gave promice for the future as one day he would rule over House Tully and by extension the Riverlands.
"Jamie I know that Tywin meant no offence by his comment. The Riverlands have been a loyal ally, and it saddens me that we would require so much blood from everyone. The truth though is that we have come to a dangerous place now, and if we do not react appropriatly then not only will Arnor fall, but we will be forced to prepare for war with The Empire."
"Fighting against the Empire is something we must avoid at all costs for the time. The King is right, we need to deploy our forces to Arnor." As Isilian Scarlet spoke up for William a knock at the door behind me moved me to see what would be so urgent as to interupt a council meeting.
I opened the door and looked into the scarred face of Hayden Percy of whom slightly obsured James Junnsworth, and Maester Boestal. "I'm sorry to interup milady but we have recieved word from Arnor." I stepped immediatly outside looking back in briefly and catching William's eye before I shut the door behind me.
"Maester what does the letter say?" James stood by the backdoor in with a man beside him of whom I had never seen before, but he carried the Dragon of House Lovie sigil so he must have been some recently knighted man of the house.
"The letter was sealed past what I am able to read as Maester of House Lovie."
"Then I shall read it before we send it inside to the King."
"Milady..." Percy stepped forward, and I knew what he wanted to say but I asked anyway.
"What is it Lord Percy?"
"This letter was sealed for the king, and he alone should read it." He went to reach for the letter, and his hand stopped when Maester Boestal put his hand out.
"The King has important business in that room, and if this letter says something that could turn the council against him then I need decide what we should do." No more decisions were needed with Maester Boestal standing up for my position, and so I went to the nearbye table and took out a knife from my side to open the letter. It donned on me that this was the kind of decision I had longed to be a part of, and yet here I was with my hands shaking.
Domeric Bolten is the POV Character of Chapter Two and he travels to Hornwood to meet with Halys of whom warns him that the tides are turning and that Ramsey is gaining more and more influence at court. The begginning talks of the Invasion of the Divine Lands begins when Domeric returns to the Dreadfort with Halys Hornwood and some of his vassals. During their time in the Dreadfort a giant meeting is held with all the Bolten lords, and Ramsey bullies the council into attacking the Divine Lands. As they leave Domeric and Josh Cole discuss the fact that the Coles are not willing to die for the madness of Ramsey, and Domeric begs Josh to trust that he can protect them all.
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"Sometimes it isn't our place to understand why we are commanded to do things. Sometimes those below the top cannot see all things."
"What am I not seeing father."
"There are many things that a king sees, that his heir cannot. There are many visions that I know of that you can only grasp at."
"Ramsey is my blood father, but he has fallen into darkness. I cannot get him free of that. I cannot save him from himself."
"Of this I am painfully aware of."
"Then why give him the lead."
"Your just going to have to listen to him this time Domeric. Trust me when I say that I have a plan. I have a plan that gives us both everything we ever wanted. All you need to do is listen to Ramsey for a period of time."
"He will lead our men to the slaughter."
"Lord Domeric that appears to be your task then."
"What do you mean Lord Karstark?"
"I mean that you must protect the army from his version of war."
Hermione Granger is the POV Character of Chapter Three and during this chapter she arrives in Fornost where she meets with Chris Hemsworth of whom knows the location of the Dagger of Lost Souls and for this reason she needed him to try and find it. After convinsing him of why she needed the dagger it was Chris that was prepared to give her the location but they were interrupted the arrival of Er-Lokian Hemsworth, and Is-Rillion Vensworth of which causes Hermione to be taken out of the room by several guards and followed out by Rillion. Standing in the hallway with rillion he sences her magi abilities and discussing why she is here he tells her how dire the sitation in western Arnor truly is. Her conversation with Rillion ends when Lokian and Christoph come into the hallway and Chris tells her that he would give her the scroll showing its location but before he could do this he needed her help in dealing with the forces of Chaos that were attacking western Arnor under the banner of Valeria. Hermione with no choice and also wanting to help these people who she can clearly see are good people would follow the Arnor army into the west and she would witness the destruction the Valerians did on western Arnor, and she would during this time attempt to make Chris see reason and turn back. As the fighting got more desperate it was Hermione that was grabbed by Rillion who pointed at the massive demon that was butchering their troops and asking her to follow him she did but with great fear and together the two confronted the demon N'kari. After several minutes of fighting the demon knocked Hermione to the ground and without her magi support Rillion was destroyed by the Fade as it overwhelmed him sucking him inside the fade itself, but Hermione overcome with rage at his death got back to her feet and fought against the demon. As the two fought to a standstill Hermione talked with the demon who revealed herself as a titan named N'kari and as they fought and talked Hermione was painfully aware that the Arnor forces around her had all but collapsed and eventually she became surrounded by demons and mortal cultists and as they pushed in on her she released her guards sundering the ground around her killing hundreds of cultists and demons but knocking herself out. Hermione would wake tied to a tree with a man sitting on a stool beside her who told her that she was a hostage and the man revealed himself to be a Dark Magi in the service of Keven Zegars in the form of Kieth Schwartz and the two talked briefly before she was shocked to see Kevin Zegers the man that Christoph had come to stop come towards her. Kevin wanted to have her executed but for some reason Kieth Schwartz lied to Kevin telling him that she was a member of the Circle of Magi and could be trusted. Saving her life the two would talk, and Kieth told her that he did this because Bill had told him that she was worthy of protection, and it was his best friends final command to him.
Lucie Lovie is the POV Character of Chapter Four and she is at Dun Garak with her mother where they are still not talking after Lucie discovered that Britney had not sent any of the letters to William her father and despite Britney attempting to talk to her Lucie doesn't respond. Her silence ends with the arrival of the Lucernian army alongside the accompanying forces of the Kingdom of Lollard both of whom have sent forces to assist Arnor in the defense of their land from the Empire and Valerians. Lucie follows with her mother as they travel down the steps of Dun Garak to where the Dwarves are assisting the Lucernian/Lolland forces in entering the gatehouse and as Natalie approaches the Lucernians she without words hands Lucie little Jane and then rushes to the Lucernian lines where she embraces one of the men who from his position and armor must be the leader of the Lucernian army. As they watch the embrace Britney leans into Lucie and whispers that the man being hugged is Lucie's father William's cousin Marcel Lovie, and promises to introduce the two. Lucie Lovie bonds briefly with Marcel Lovie II. of whom she confides in that she is in fact the daughter of William Lovie III., and Marcel promices her that when he leaves Arnor he will take her with him if she wishes and have her see her father.
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"It has been too long cousin." He smiled briefly kissing the cheek of Natalie before pulling back and the two shared a look between eachother. "The news of Chris hits all of our hearts. He was a good man."
"He was." The words left her mouth, but there was nothing behind them. She was just broken. Returning to us she took Jane from my arms and once she did it seems that only holding baby Jane to her chest seemed to keep her upright. Tyse stood beside Natalie and Marcel seeing him come out from behind Natalie ruffled his hair, and he smiled. He was too young to completely understand everything he had lost.
"Our loss is beyond words, and counting, but Lord Lovie please follow me to the tram and we shall discuss this outside of the view of the nobles." My grandfather was a broken man, but I had to admit that he held himself quite well as he spoke to Marcel. I saw the residue of tears in the corner of his eye as Chris was brought up, but I don't think anyone else did.
"Of course Your Grace." He moved forward and I caught his eyes to mine as he walked forward. He tipped his head a bit and slowed looking deeply at me. "And who might you be Milady?"
"I'm Lucie Hemsworth. Daughter of...I'm sorry Milord." I could not tell him who my mother was. If he saw my age, and knew who my mother was it could reveal my existence to him. As much as I wanted that apart of me wasn't ready to break my promice to my mother.
"What are you sorry about Milady."
"I often have trouble with my words." Playing the simpleton seemed like an easy way out of not revealing who my mother was.
"We all have our troubles Lucie Hemsworth. My knees are honestly quite weak. Would you please help me?" I shrugged at him feeling such shame for acting so poorly, but I had to keep up the simpleton appearance. "Take my arm and you shall steady my walking up all of these stairs." He took my arm and we rejoined the group following just behind the main pack of people, but I could see Tyse looking back at me. He did not understand that his father was gone, but he did understand that I should not be speaking to my uncle.
"If I may ask Milady..." I knew I had been too pushy with my questions the moment he asked me. His voice barely hid the puszzlement he was clearly feeling over how much I wanted to know.
"Ask anything of me Lord Lovie" I tried to remain as calm as possible but I felt the addmitence of truth was but a moment away from coming out. My mother had made me promice to never say anything, but she was a liar. This was my life, and I want to see my father.
"Why do you really have such an interest in the King?"
"There are only two people I think in this entire world who know the anwser to that question."
"Perhaps it is time for there to be a third Lucie."
"The King...he is my father."
"I'm sorry Milady but I do not understand."
"My mother is Britney Hemsworth." I hoped that her name alone would jog the memories for Marcel.
"Are you saying that Britney kept this from him for all of these years." He got closer to me and there was an aura of anger in his face. I hoped he wasn't angry with me for telling him. Perhaps my mother was right and all this time I had been told to keep the secret for the right reasons.
"She has her reasons for the lies, but I am tired of being kept from my family. I wish to meet my father. I wish to know him as a real person not simply the legend that he is now." He seemed to calm at my words, and then moved closer to me kneeling in front of me.
"I promise you Lucie." He stared me right in the face, and his voice lowered. Putting his hand to my cheek he said it in a soft voice as he spoke the words I had longed to hear for all those years of running from my father. "I promice you that when this is over I shall take you to your father."
"Take me now then Marcel." I had already lost an uncle to this war, and beyond the fact that Marcel would take me home he was a kind person who shouldn't die here in this hopeless fight.
"You know that I cannot go yet Lucie."
"Do not go then Marcel. The monsters that you go to fight killed my uncle, and he is a very brave man."
"I am a dragon Lucie. Years and years ago our family fought at the side of Arnor and together we defeated the forces of Germania. Together we pushed them back." Generations ago in the ranks of House Lovie my Great Grandfather William Lovie II. had led a large army of Lucerne into Arnor the last time the Teutons had tried to destroy us. William Lovie II. had brought with him the courage of the Valley they said, but what he brought above everything else was the Dragons of Lucerne.
"You may have the heart of a dragon Marcel but the truth is that there are no dragons anymore." He looked sad as a spoke the words so I felt the need to explain. "Men killed the dragons. I don't mean your faith Marcel." Since the days of William Lovie II. I knew that the population of Dragons had diminished to such an extent that they were said to barely exist as a true race. Men had hunted them it was said on the orders of the Emperor of Germania himself so mad was he at the defeat they suffered against Arnor.
"There are still dragons left in the world Lucie." He took my hand and led me to the balcony where he looked into the sky for a moment before contineing. Pointing his hand into the sky he spoke. "Back that way is my home...your home Lucie. In the mountains of our home live the dragons. Humans could not kill them for the same mountains that protect our family and Kingdom protect them."
"Then where are they?"
"They are waiting."
"Our family betrayed them, and until we prove ourselves again they will not come to us." The words clearly bit him as he said them. The beyrayal of John Lovie against the Dragons of Lucerne was well known and it clearly still stung the ranks of House Lovie by the sadness in Marcel. He spoke of betrayal as if it was some personal atonement he had to partake in. John Lovie had been corupted by the Dark Lord of Mordor himself, and ever since it seemed they were forced to live with the mistakes of one weak man.
"Then wait until they do Marcel. Do not fight here."
"I must Lucie. If I do not fight how many thousands will die. If I do not risk my life how could I ever go home again to my family." I had seen the look on Natalie's face when she heard that Chris had died in the west. There was a stoic nature to it as she heard of his bravery. She tried to maintain her strength in the face of so many of her people, but I saw past the strength. She would have given anything to have seen Chris come back to her.
"They would be happier you returning alive, then a brave warrior."
"Perhaps." He chuckled as he spoke. "I believe that when I return I will return a hero. I believe that Glaurung has brought me to this place at this time for a reason. He has brought me here to save this land, but he also brought me here to bring you home. Once I have done what must be done I shall take you home."
"Promice me that you will take me home."
"I promice you Lucie."
Edward Cullen is the POV Character of Chapter Five and during this chapter we learn the consequences of his search in Lorderon. Edward, Hilary, and Gemma make their way back from the caves they had been trapped inside, and reach their destinating finding themselves back in Lorderon and Edward and the group would enter to a city in termoil. The city was fighting itself as the cultists left behind by Arthas were very well organzied and were operating like they were royalists trying to restart the Kingdom of Lorderon of which was a very popular idea for the people of Lorderon. Working alongside the remaining Menathils of whom liked the way things were now they would unite the Lucernian forces in the city, from there would call for assistence from the Scarlets that were nearbye, as well as the Kul Tiras forces of whom were also nearbye. During the end of the chapter Edward finally is able to get one of the Magi stones of which was brought by the Kirin Tor, and using this he tells William about Arthas's betrayal. Ordered to make Talia Menathil the new lord of the grand state of Lorderon he does this but during the crowning of her near the end of the ceremony the site is attacked by cultists and a large fight breaks out in the area.
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"This is terrifying news Edward as we know he has already disapeared from out eyes, and for all we know could already be inside Arnor. If he is there we know that Marcel is there, and I fear for what will happen." It was always unerving to hear William speak with anything other then confidence. His face moved from the vision and I knew he must be speaking to someone else. It was unfortunate that the only Magi stone that I was able to find was a one on one stone. This sort of conversation would have been much easier with a room stone.
"William we need to immediatly send word to your cousin that Arthas is under no cercumstances to be trusted."
"I will send word right now Edward." William left the vision, and I looked to my right to see that Imlad had entered the room, and he looked with wide eyes as he saw the means by which we were communicating.
"Its good to see you prince Imlad." He was wearing his eagle armor, and he looked everything that he should of, but his eyes told me a story about the fear he was feeling.
"You still have the presence of mind for titles in a time like this Edward?"
"When I was young my father told me that manners were important. I can't forget that lesson even while we are potentially surrounded by enemies and have a looming disaster in the north."
"The things our father's tell us when we are young." I would have laughed normally but the silence that followed made me shiver. It was minute after minute of this as we awaited the return of William, and I wanted him to come back to give me repreieve from the fear that filled the room.
"Do you recall anything about this cult before we learned of Arthas?" I had only learned of them a few months ago, and from the way Medivh spoke of them they must have been something that was talked of.
"The Cult was something that had started to enter the frame of reality some time before we learned of Arthas's true face. The cult had abducted people, and burned buildings but for all intensive purposes it was little worse then a roaving band of criminals, and thus we didn't say much." As he finished William reentered the vision.
"I have made the neccesary message sent, but I fear that the Order of the Blue Dragon representative that was with Marcel has apparently been killed, and we don't know what is happening at this time."
"We don't know anything bad has happened yet. We just need to keep our ears out Will."
Alice Lovie is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she. The chapter ends with Alice sitting at the dinner table eating with William, and the children when she feels the need to touch her stone and the moment she does she is overcome with pain and falls unconscious. While unconscious the link between her and Marcel leads to her feeling his final moments from his point of view as at the moment he was dying at Fornost, and feeling this is a horrifying moment for Alice as she realizes this is no dream and what is actually happening, and after he dies she wakes telling everyone around her that Marcel is dead.
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I moved along the wall ducking beneath the wooden parapets alongside the edges trying my best to reach the burning tower. I felt an arrow move right above my head and quickly yelled for everyone to be careful, but it was chaos. Running up the steps I found myself inside the burning tower and pulling out my sword I slashed ahead of me finding my sword deep inside the Valerian Soldier closest to me. A second Valerian charged at me but an arrow struck him in the chest and ended his charge allowing me to reach the torch and stomp it out, while I grabbed a bucket of water from the ground and poured it over the burning flag.
I didn't have much time to celebrate this small victory as Orton Vonder ran up the stairs towards me. "Marcel. The Gatehouse has fallen." Following this I looked out to see Valerian colors pouring through the gatehouse and the while I could see our men still on the walls they were through and the walls were no longer hold able.
"Sound the retreat Orton." Without a second thought he called to Tobias Kane of whom blew the horn. He blew the horn twice before I yelled for him to get off the wall, and then I grabbed Orton by the shoulder and we ran together down the ladder following several other of our men into the courtyard heading towards the Center of Town.
I lay broken on the ground, and the pain in my abdomen was more then I had ever felt before. I tried to get myself off the ground, but when I attempted to raise myself I realized my left arm wasn't there anymore. Feeling hopeless I slumped down more and for a moment I tried to imagine that this was how it would end. I turned my head to the right and saw several of the Valerians laying dead nearbye, and slumped against a wall to my right was Orton Vonder with a spear through his chest. Looking at the dead eyes of a man I had known for more years then I can count. The eyes of a man that had gaurded me since birth. It was more painful then I would have ever thought looking into his eyes would ever be. It was in that moment I knew it was all over. My eyes were just so heavy. Everything around me seemed to just quiet down as if it knew this was the end, and it wanted me to have peace in this place. As I closed my eyes I felt a force pull me upwards, and as I opened my eyes I saw Arthas Menathil and behind him several of his men. "Arthas...how did you get here..."
He looked at me perplexed for a moment before smiling a bit, before anwsering me. "The call went out that you were besieged here. I'm only sorry that we didn't arrive in time."
"Are any of my men still alive?" I had hoped that he would give me some kind of reprieve but as he anwsered there was just nothing in his eyes, and in my periferal vision I saw what appeared to me to be a man of Lorderon but his face was dead. He was a skeleton, and as I turned to look at the other men I saw now that their armor was ripped and they stood now as the dead. "What madness is this...Arthas what have you done?" He looked at me for a moment before simply dropping me to the ground and staring at the sky.
William Lovie III. is the POV Character of Chapter Seven and he deals with the consequences of the death of Marcel Lovie, and the ruination of the northern army that advanced there, but before he is to leave for Westros he meets with Morrigan of whom talks with him briefly before she leaves again for the west she tells him. Following this conversation he has a feeling about where Brooke is and taking Keenclaw he travels into the mountains where he finds her at a small cottage built into mountain side. For nearly an entire day he stays with her together with his beloved finally once more, but is forced to leave when she reveals to him that he needs to return and he only leaves when she promices that she will still be there when he gets back from where he needs to go. Following his return to the city it is agreed that he will travel to Westbridge, and thus he travels to Westridge where he meets with Christopher Bell of whom had traveled to Arnor and gathered the fallen Lucernians including Marcel Lovie. The fate of Natalie Portmane, Lucie Lovie, Liam and Britney Hemsworth are left unknown at this point, but William makes their rescue and whereabouts top priority for his agents. Discussing with the agents he sends several groups but one main group he sends led by Karl Donovan a knight in the service of Lorderon of whom has been shown to be quite loyal but more importantly knows Natalie from her days in Lorderon. Sending Karl Donovan to Arnor under the lie that he was nothing more then a diplomatic attache he would be the main man on the ground who would be responsible for looking for Natalie. Taking the body of Marcel south by fleet they arrive at the Port of Stormwind stopping briefly when they are alerted by Lord Vanduin Lonar of the serious situation in Bolten that the William communicates with Karl Franz one last time and comes to truly believe that Karl had nothing to do with this attack, and that worries him because the Troy's of Austria are a dangerous group clearly not responding to their own Emperor.
Jon Snow is the POV Character during Chapter EIght and arrives in Koenisburg with his northern swords of Winterfell and some ninety men at arms from Stormwind. Arriving at the port they are met inside the city before their arrival at the keep by Britt Lancave of whom continues to show herself as an extremely kind girl of whom makes a point of adressing Jon as Jon Starke instead of the bastard name. Talking with Britt they enter the Keep where they join several other figures including Tyrion Lannister and during his time there he continues to talk to Britt Lancave, of whom despite his continued attempts to get her to stop refuses the name Jon Snow and calls him Jon Starke the entire time he is around her. During the end of the chapter he recieves another letter from Jeorh Mormont of which is more dire then the last letter, but details the fact that he is running out of time to go north and do what needs to be done.
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Arriving at Koenisburg reminded me so much of when I had come here the last time. The streets of Koenisburg were still lined with the same white marble buildings. The water still sat clear and unmoving. Despite the city looking so similar there was the unmistakeable feeling of unease when I stepped off the dock following closely behind Tucker as we made our way to the Keep. The people had the look of a city besieged as we walked along the road to the Keep, and there just wasn't anything my hundred men could do to change that feeling.
"It's been a long time Lord Snow, but when I saw the seal I knew you would want to be interrupted immediately." It was true it had been a very long time since I had seen Britt's father, and knowing the Lancaves the way I did I reached my hand out immediatly to see what he brought for me. Handing it over to me I saw the seal of the Night's Watch and nearly dropped the letter. "I will leave you too it Lord...Starke. Come Britt, leave him to his privacy."
"I am outside Jon if you want to talk."
"Thank you Milady."
"I am your friend Jon. You need not thank me." She gently held my hand for a moment and I smiled at her before she let go and turned following her father out the door.
Saiden Scarlet is the POV Character of this chapter, and he is forced to deal with a letter sent to him by Josh Cole conserning joining the Lucernians. Reading the letter openly with his commanders he gains the most advise from his niece Maera Scarlet of whom finally having revealed herself as a fighter following the Invasion of Westbridge has found herself named a General in his army following her excellent work at Westbridge. Meeting eventually with Josh Cole he is able to agree to the idea of marrying off Taimen Scarlet to a Cole girl and this leads to the final sealing of an alliance between the two forces. Saiden Scarlet following this is forced to turn many of his forces alongside House Clegane northward as a cult has become large in Lorderon and must be dealt with. Arriving at Lorderon he meets with a large army of Kul Tiras, and the Riverlands of whom met at the southern edge of Lorderon city as it was besieged from within by the Chaotic Cult of Arthas.
Domeric Bolten is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he meets with Daryn Hornwood of whom is leading the Hornwood forces, and tells him in no uncertain terms that what is coming in Jeutenburg is going to be a massacre, and he will not be able to do much to stop it, but Daryn should do everything in his power to stop the coming monsters. Domeric will from this moment forward feign illness, and use his cousin Jordin Bolten to cover for him as he takes on a helmet and shield and joins the forces of House Hornwood. Not even Daryn knows his identity but he stays nearbye Daryn at the execution and could see the look on his friends eyes when he looked at Corina Banner and knew how this would end. As Daryn turned on House Urnet Domeric did nothing, and helped Daryn during the fighting that took place when Daryn didn't kill the Lord of Jeutenburg and turned completely on House Urnet. Leaving after this he would quickly make by horse to the outskirts of Koenisburg of which he reached hours before they were to meet with the Lucernians. Domeric learned from Jordin that Ramsey had spent two days stopped south of Jeutenburg hunting several women, and then spent another day torching several villages, and had failed to continue the momentum of the Jeutenburg attack.
Leven Martell is the POV Character of this chapter and she leaves Fairmarket with Emmett McCarty from a ship in order to deal with the collapsing situation in Lorderon, and make sure everything goes well. Arriving on the outskirts days before Saiden and the others are prepared to assault the walls she and Emmett infiltrate the city and make their way to the keep where they meet with the Menathils that all remained loyal to Lucerne and are able to lead the defence of the keep as the cultists attempt to assault the walls. Driving their leadership back the cultists are then assaulted from behind by the invading Scarlet, and Riverlands forces of whom shatter the cultists driving them to the death and ending the threat to Lorderon.
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Hedrik Clegane III. is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he alongside the other commanders in Koenisburg deal with the sacking of the Divine Lands by the forces of Bolten, and towards the end of the chapter deal with the confrontation with Ramsey Bolten.
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Walkign towards them I got my first glance of the Boltens. As they walked forward I knew which one was Ramsey almost immediately by the Pink Flayed Man that adorned the brestplate he wore. If not for that there was a near aura of sheer evil that flowed from him, and seemed to mix with the air. I'd seen lots of evil men in my day. From Maron Scorpian, to Dan Scott you thought you knew it but, this man was something else. Beside him stood another man with a flayed man on his breast place, and he looked the polar opposite of Ramsey. This man had a look of elegance to him. From the regal look of his armor, to the kindness in his eyes I was confused as to why this man did not lead them.
"So the mighty Kingdom of Lucerne has so little going for it that all it can send is a bastard, a dwarf, a girl, and a child?" It was exactly the kind of a greeting I would expect from someone like him. A man with two wolves on his breastplate laughed behind him and more looked ready to laugh until Domeric stepped forward.
"This is a peaceful meeting there is no reason for this to go into hostilities." His armor was still red, but when the moment after Domeric stepped forward I knew almost immediatly that my first impression of him was right and he was something beyond his cruel brother.
"You burn a city to the ground that was protected by our realm and you speak of forgoing hostilities? I believe your house lost the right to speak of honor long ago but atleast let us speak with honesty for a moment." Tyrion was always the firebrand, and as he told me once, you had to be your own flag bearer when you had a weakeness as obvious as ours. I still remembered back to the first time we had talked and he had told me about what being a bastard really meant and I couldn't help but still feel a bond to him.
"Juetenburg is gone. That conversation is over. The only conversation to be had now is how long before we burn Koenisburg to the ground." Ramsey clearly wasn't one for tactics, and from the looks many in the party were giving eachother they wished he was reacting differently. Only a few amongst them still looked ready to fully support Ramsey while you could see the looks of hope towards Domeric.
"Behind these walls stand an army larger then your own, with more arriving each day. Koenisburg will not burn, and unless you leave your entire force will be destroyed."Britt Lancave spoke and I felt admiration for the strength of this girl. She wore the armor of a warrior, and the way she held herself left little doubt as to how confident and proud she was. She was something to be admired, and everything since the first time I met her told me that.
"There is no point in lying Ser Britt of House Lancave. We know that the city is practicly empty. Any attempts to reach Koenisburg would have taken weeks. Weeks you did not have." It was such a constrast hearing Domeric Bolten speaking that you could barely accept they were brothers.
"There are faster routes then land if you want to get somewhere Lord Bolten."After I said Lord Bolten to Domeric I knew I had stepped on a nerve of Ramsey as he practicly went red from anger.
"The Bastard of Stormwind wishes us to believe that the Frey's allowed you to pass. The Frey's are if nothing else reliable. Reliable to do nothing. Helping you would have been something, and that Bastard isn't something they would do." The man had a massive beard and the sun on his breastplate made me know immediately what house this man was from. A Karstark. The ancient betrayers of my family was standing in front of me. He held some of the looks of my family despite the long years seperated by the Rhine River, and I guess that made the historical betrayal more painful didn't it.
"Believe what you want. The truth is that there are thousands of Lucernian forces behind that wall, and unless." Tyrion breifly looked at Ramsey Bolten before contining."the bastard of the Dreadfort wishes to lose his entire army, he had best think carefully." The fume returned to his face as he was clearly not used to this kind of abuse and didn't like it one bit.
"I'm truly sorry but where I come from the freaks and women didn't speak for our houses. So unless your ready for the terms of your surrender I don't see why this should continue." Ramsey turned his back to us, and started walking back to his horse followed by several of the men who clearly were following him.
"Turn and run that is all your good for isn't it. No wonder you are such a disapointment to everyone in your land. We have had quite the laugh at how pathetic you are." Hedrik Clegane wasn't usually one for such dramatics but even he I guess had enough of Roose Bolten's bastard. The moment after he said the words though Ramsey let go of the horse, and walked back towards us followed closely by Domeric. I don't know what any of us expected but it wasn't him pulling a knife from his side, and lunging at Hedrik. As he jumped though it was Domeric that pushed him to the ground where he slammed hard against the ground before quickly getting to his feet and looking at Domeric with more hate in his eyes then I had ever seen. Ramsey would spit in Domeric's face before he stomped his way back to his horse and rode away followed by everyone but Domeric. Domeric leaned against the side of his horse and sighed.
"I don't know what I expected from this, but it wasn't this." He sounded tired, and I wasn't suprised when Britt stepped forward and rested a hand on his shoulder.
"This isn't on you. We all know who you are, and this would be the moment you should come with us brother." Her voice was caring, and held every ounce of truth that I know she felt about it, but even her kindness wasn't going to fix what was wrong.
"I'm not your brother. You just saw the only blood brother I have in this world."
"We are all the children of Glaurung and that includes you Domeric."
"I wish all of you the best. Tommarow we shall all die I suppose." With that there was nothing else to say and he mounted his horse and rode back to the Bolten lines.
"Do you think they believed the story of our numbers Tyrion?"
"Its hard to say Hedrik." We all just stood there watching the retreating forms as our men returned with our horses. "If they are truly led by Ramsey Bolten then we have a real chance of having our bluff work."
"He is a mad man."
"Yes he is Milady."
"I feel pity for Domeric."
"He may be more honorable then his brother, but he is far more dangerous. Do not pity him, for if he has his way that Bolten Army will besiege this city, and they will kill all of us."
Alice Lovie is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she is talking with Emmett when Blake Cullen enters the room and proceeds to break into tears which Alice doesn't believe are real but Emmett quickly comforts her as she tells them that Michael Faraday is up to no good in his home. Going with Blake for a time she sees darkness in the girl, and looking into it she discovers that there are rumors that she has engaged in an affair with Emmett behind the back of Alice's friend Rosalie Hale. Emmett returns after killing Michael Faraday and Alice confronts him on the affair, and Blake walks in during this and attacks Rosalie for her failure to produce a child for Emmett, and Alice is shocked when Emmett doesn't come to her defence. Alice joins William at the funeral of Marcel Lovie II. where the two siblings share an emotional moment with his wife of whom blames William and threatens him before Jasper steps in and removes her despite William wanting to hear more from her. Towards the end of the chapter Alice is walking with several gaurds when they pass out for seemingly no reason, and seconds after she finds a bolt in one of their necks, and before she can do anything else a man grabs her by the neck and pulls her down an alleyway. Threatening her, and dragging her through a doorway into a tunnel he meets with several other men all carrying a sigil of a dark raven, and once they meet with a dark skinned man none of the men say another word to her. Just as they reach a large room in the tunnel one of the men is struck in the face with a crossbow bolt, and a fight breaks out which ends when Ezio, Sophia Lovie, and Edward Shephard alongside several other Violet Dragons kill the remaining men who captured her but leave the dark skinned man alive.
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"My princess I promise you that I have only love in my heart for Emmett."
"Whether or not I believe you or not changes nothing of the facts. Emmett is married and what you two are doing is wrong." Emmett gave me a look and for a moment I thought he might bring up William and Brooke. The look in his eye said that he was thinking about it, but as I stared back at one of William's oldest friends I watched Emmett's eyes change as he clearly became unwilling to use William's mistakes against him. "You are better then this Emm."
"My princess surely you must have seen how unhappy Emmett is with Rosalie."
"Until you came along I saw nothing."
"Perhaps you could not see past your friendship with her Alice."
"Tell me then Emmett. What great crime has Rosalie done that you would turn against her in this way?"
"It is the thing we all think of but no one says."
Tyrek Lannister is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he and Jamie Lannister land at the Port of Grandlen where they meet with Lord Ancel Grandlen and Nicoli Machiavelli but as they are unloading their Lannister force they can see that the Grandlen troops have already rallied and are prepared to move. Jamie becomes the leader of the Grandlen/Lannister force and places Hanzal Reyne, and Dale Grandlen as his top generals and with this in place they begin marching towards the north east where information they have says that Ramsey Bolten has retreated towards. As the move forward the chapter ends with Tyrek, and Jamie Lannister realizing that their insider in the form of Jordin Bolten has indeed led Ramsey Bolten into a trap, and they have camped themselves onto a dead end path on the edge of a river. At the end of the chapter Tyrek, Jamie, and Daven Lannister sit in their personal tent and discuss the goings on back home as Jamie reads a letter from Cersei. Discusted with what he read he hands the letter to Tyrek before walking out of the tent saying how he wish Tyrek had been his son and not Joefrey. Tyrek and Daven discuss how he too has heard how Joefrey has begun to once again threaten the Rhunians and Daven has heard that Bran Starke is being commanded to lead a force alongside Tommen Lannister to deal with the situation.
Lucie Lovie is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she and her mother are retreating southward from Fornost with the army of Marcel Lovie when Britney recieves news from one of her agents that Lorderon has had a brief civil war after it was discovered that Arthas was a chaos supporter, and despite Lucie begging her mother to tell Marcel Britney would refuse this and took her daughter alongside nearly all of her supporters and travelled eastward away from the Lucerne army and away from where she knew Arthas and his force would be coming. Arriving in Dun Garek Lucie and Britney would have a blow up as Lucie was horrified at what her mother had done, and this would perhaps break them as a relationship as Britney was unable to lie her out of what she had done to Marcel. Still a child and at the mercy of her mother Lucie would be taken with her mother as they travelled through the Dwarven Tunnels and made their way south and into Westros.
Edward Cullen is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he returns to Lucerne to little applause and other then his sister and William he is barely noticed. He and Gemma meet with the Order of the Blue in Lucerne and more information is given about the strength of Tevinter in the north, and the fact that the conflict is becoming a slug fest against their enemies. Edward meets briefly with Morrigan of whom tells him about things and advises that he goes to see Tanya of whom is moving on without him, and if he truly loves her then he needs to atleast make one more effort towards her. Following this advise from Morrigan he goes and sees Tanya about their divorse, but as they talk he felt the distance between the two and despite wanting them to get closer together everything he seems to try fails and she insults him by talking about her being with Radlet Scarlet and how much better a person and a lover Radlet is. Edward attempts to fix things despite this revelation with her not in order to save their marriage but who they used to be, but she is unwilling to accept his words and tells him she is leaving with their children for Hearthglen with Radlet and he stands and watches as she leaves. Standing alone in a place that once was his home and seeing in that moment that nothing was left for him in the life he had before, he decides in his mind to leave the world of Lucerne where he feels he has lost everything. Going to see William in this he finds William with Leven and notices very quickly that things between those two are changing but this isn't something he cares about in the moment and just tells William that he wants to take a party, and join the war effort in Tevinter. William knew the reason behind this and advised him not to go with the mindset of dying, but Edward refused to listen to William despite a lengthy conversation and would depart with his party for Tevinter.
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Stepping into the room my foot hit the stone and her face lifted to see me. "Hello Tanya." I expected she wouldn't smile, but I didn't expect the look of distain that she had on her face.
"What are you doing here?"
"This is my only home. Where else would I go Tanya."
"The same places you have spent the last years of our life."
"Do not speak anymore Edward. This was supposed to be a nice afternoon for myself." She closed her book and stepped towards me. "The children are with my mother for a few hours and I was so exsited to be able to just sit and read. But you come here and find a way to ruin even that."
I walked down the hallway to where I hoped I would find William alone, and without the inevitable conflict that Jasper's presence would mean. Reaching the door Hayden Percy let me in with a small smile, and looking inside I saw William sitting in a chair talking with Leven, and I felt a small shiver go up my spine watching them laugh together.
Here I was one of the most important Magi in the entire Kingdom, and I was scared of a simple laugh. I wanted more then anything to be the cause of their smiles, but that was gone. It was made worse by the fact that as I neared them their smiles didn't continue. While William's only faded a tad bit, the laughter of Leven disapeared and was replaced by something akin to discust. I had never been the closest with Leven since my return but after all these years the fact that we were not even friends was painful.
"Edward my friend, what brings you here?"
"I've returned from Lorderon." It sounded so simple. I had returned from Lorderon. I had returned from Lorderon. Saying it made it all the more painful to even think about the magnitude of my failing. I could have stopped him, if I had only listened to reason when I had first heard it.
"I'm so sorry my friend, I hadn't realized you would be returning so soon."
"Do you not worry your grace, the day is not enought for all things."
"Come and sit with us." Leven practically rolled her eyes as I took a seat across from her and William, but I needed to speak to him, and she couldn't stop that.
"I shall take my..." Leven went to bolt the moment I sat down, but her hand was caught by William.
"Come now Leven, we were just starting, and now Edward is here." William grasped her hands, and smiled at her, and like the love struck girl she was all those years ago she responded the same, as she continued holding his hand and sat back down giving me not even a passing look. "Now Edward not that you need a reason, but what is the purpose of your visit today?"
"I've been thinking on something for quite some time, and I think now is the time to finally move forward." I suppose somewhere in my heart I had been thinking on it since I returned from Hogwarts. It was never going to be the same and even after years of trying, it was just time to accept that fact.
"Move forward towards what Edward?" I knew him too well to believe he didn't know what I was talking of, and when I looked up I saw in his eyes that he knew. He was trying to buy himself time to think of excuses. Time to make me think differently. He just didn't understand how long I had been thinking of this.
"I need to try and rebuild my life. I don't know if you've noticed William, but my life is in tatters." He looked down, and when he did I followed his eyes down and saw Leven gently rubbing his hand.
"I spoke to Tanya before she left."
"Its not even about her anymore frankly. She is just a symptom of this new world where everything that I loved is lost to me."
Edward I have known you my entire life, and I can see in your eyes that you have made up your mind."
"I have William."
"I may not accept that you want to leave but the truth is that, I get it. I know what's it like to be searching for something and just never quite finding it."
"What are you searching for William?"
"The same thing I've been searching for since the moment she left me."
"William shes gone." He briefly chuckled, before looking at me with a smile.
"What if I told you that I've seen her."
"You know what I would say to that."
"Which is exactly why I shall not tell you. The truth is Edward that I have found a peace in my heart. I can see that you my brother have not found anything near that. I don't have to like that your search for it takes you far from your friends. I don't have to like that you have the look of a man with nothing to lose. I don't have to like any of that because I'm your best friend. You are my best friend and I just want the best for you."
"Let me finish brother. I just want the best for you, and if this is what....if leaving here is what you need to feel peace in your heart then Edward....then Edward I will support you."
"This feels so strange William..."
"It feels strange because for you this feels like goodbye."
"I don't want it to be."
"This is goodbye only if you go into this feeling like it is. Go into this for the reason you told me. Do what you need to do, but stay safe. This pain you feel. It will go away. Death is permenent."
Domeric Bolten is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he and Ramsey finally blow up at each other as Ramsey commands the army to retreat eastward away from Koenisburg, and Domeric attempts to take control demanding for a meeting of the armies leadership of which happens in an event known as the Bolten Meeting Outside Koenisburg. At the meeting it becomes clear early on that Domeric does not have the support of the armies leaders with only House Hornwood giving him major backing while the two most powerful in the form of House Karstarke and House Urnet both are very agressive in their support of Ramsey. Having failed completely in regaining control of the army he is forced to accept this new direction, and as the army shifts eastward he goes to his cousin Jordin Bolten and after speaking with him for a brief time he forces Jordin to follow Ramsey and make sure he doesn't do anything stupid. After Jordin reluctantly leaves him he attempts to meet with Lord Yohn Urnet and after waiting for almost an hour for Yohn to see him he is finally taken into the Urnet camp and meets with the Urnet leadership. Yohn is shown to be reliant upon his son Theomore, and his brother Hygon for advise and throughout their conversation it becomes clear that Ramsey has already made a deal with the Urnet's and nothing Domeric says is able to sway them to his side forcing him to leave without anything gained. Following his failure with the Urnet's he moves next to meet with the Karstark's and is given quick access to meet with the leader of the Karstark's but he discovers that after the meeting Lord Rickard Karstark had left the camp and had placed his son Harrion in charge of the remaining Karstark men and the meeting with Harrion goes horribly as Harrion is a cruel man with little respect for Domeric leading to a near fight which only is averted by the intervention of several of Domeric's knights.
William Lovie III. is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he meets through Magi stone with the Elector Count of Austria of whom he is forced to discuss the terms of the surrender of the remaining forces of Arnor including the members of his family that have been supposedly captured. William having finally found peace at court for the moment tucks his children into bed, says good night to his wife and leaves for the mountains on Keenclaw where he finds Brooke true to her word waiting for him at the cottage again. Engaging into an affair he refuses to accept she is truly dead or that anything is wrong with her despite her constant attempts to get him to see the truth. William also at the end of the chapter greets Leven Martell of whom has returned from Lorderon, and the two share a kiss of which he apologizes to her for, and they continue to walk together but things have changed between the two.
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"You understand that none of this is true."
"You feel real Brooke. Thats all that matters to me."
Something is truly changing in me William but the truth is that while I am indeed standing here still in love with you, there is a darkness in me."
"I know you Brooke. Whatever has happened doesn't change who you are. Your heart is pure."
"Our love blinds you Will."
"Our love keeps me alive."
"Its destroying you Will."
"When you were gone, there was just nothing." When she was gone I felt such an emptiness and I just couldn't find a way out of it.
"I'm sorry Leven."
You know my feelings Will." She retreated somewhat from my hand and it hurt to know I could someone so kind as Leven. "It isn't fair to play with me this way."
"Maybe I'm not playing anymore."
"Your married to Bella."
"I love her I do, but its just...Its just not what this is."
Ezio Ederiz is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he interrogates his old friend from Ravenholdt and learns the depths of what has come to pass over the Ravenholdt Order and knows that they will be doing more things like this as the time moves forward. Ezio Ederiz ends his interogation when William Lovie commands him to go to Dole with an elite force and capture a Dolish family related to Karl Franz's wife in order to add further bartering to the negotiations.
Jon Snow is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he returns within Koenisburg alongside Hedrik Clegane III., Tyrion Lannister, and Britt Lancave where they discuss the detioration of the conversation they had and all return very worried by what the clearly made man Ramsey Bolten will do. While the situation in Koenisburg and the Boltens is seeming to fall apart Jon Snow is increasingly overcome with the need to go north and save Ygritte from he now knows is an almost assured death at the hands of the White Walkers, and in this way he confides in Britt Lancave on her opinion of the matter. Britt Lancave is unwilling to tell him to leave the city as the danger to the city is so high and she knows if he leaves now he would be wanted for treason as would all of his friends who would surely follow him north, and with this in mind he reluctantly rejects going north.
Leven Martell is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she has returned to Lucerne where she is becoming increasingly aware of the romantic nature that is taking over her relationship with William, and also the significantly happier status he appears to be in.
Hermione Granger is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she follows with Kieth Schwartz trying to find her chance to escape as the army of Valeria travels eastward and hits the Lucernians and Arnor forces from the western side, and then she retreats alongside the Valerians after they sense the incoming army of Arthas Menathil.
Saiden Scarlet is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter the fate of Bolten is somewhat sealed as the alliance between House Cole, and Lucerne is cemented during a massive meeting on a boat between the two forces. Saiden is forced to marry of many people into House Cole as well Diane Portmane the sister of the king goes to the Cole lands as collateral.
Lucie Lovie is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she and her mother spends several weeks in the Arnor protectorate of the Kingdom of Lolland where she organizes her forces for her next move which is her plan to take control of the Kingdom of Stor and then make an alliance with William and finally showing him her strength.
Edward Cullen is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he and his party arrive in Westbridge where they meet with the Starke's of whom are leaving for the south and there is being a handover of command in the north. Edward Cullen talks with Robb Starke about the war in the north, and he details the violence of it all, and also the fact that reinforcements will be coming in extreme numbers from the south as the forces of the Darkmore's have been commanded following the end of their troubles to send forces into the north. During the end of the chapter as there boat rolls into the port of Noveria Edward and Brandon Yesten discuss his life, and Edward sits back and realizes how much Brandon has grown since he was the small boy who held his supplies for him from time to time.
William Lovie III. is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he travels to Forks with the Shadow Council, and his family alongside also sending a letter inviting Riley Scott and Sigmund Scott to come to Forks with Lucas. Arriving in Forks they meet with Aria Arryn of whom's father has died and she is named Arch Dutchess of Berne while Hanna Arryn is named to the council and returns to Lucerne with the rest of them and her husband. William Lovie III. also recieves a visitor in the form of Grace Starke of whom tells William that Bran, and Tommen have crossed into Rhunian but there attempts to reason with Joefrey have met with failure. William commands that Gulian Swann lead some fifty Swann men and travel eastward to make sure that Joefrey understands that if he does not listen to the commands of the crown they he will be dealt with most harshly.
Hedrik Clegane III. is the POV Character of this chapter and during thsi chapter Hedrik Clegane prepares to follow Jon Snow to retake Jeutenburg, but hours before they are to leave a raven arrives from Lorderon for him and the contents of the letter cause him to take his Northern Swords of Winterfell as well as Britt Lancave northward basically abandoning the Bolten front. Following the departure of Jon Snow Hedrik Clegane III. is placed in overall command of the army and in this way moves the army quickly eastward with the goal of retaking Jeutenburg and engaging the retreating forces of Bolten with his increasingly expansive forces. Retaking Jeutenburg they make delaying actions against the forces of Bolten in order to further delay the forces of Bolten from escaping the trap that is incoming against them from the Lannisters.
Alice Lovie is the POV Character of this this chapter and during this chapter she discovers she is pregnant but before she can abort the child with poison the pregnancy is discovered by Emma Bell of whom tells Jasper who is walking into the room. Alice feels guilty after this and instead of poisoning the child she begins working herself to the bone silently attempting to have a miscarriage, and even intentionally falls of a horse attempting to cause the baby to abort, but instead of this happening she injures her leg and William has her on bed rest without removal until pregnancy. William has her write several important letters for him of which they spend hours discussing the matters, and she is awoken by Bella of whom pulls a blanket over her, and then wakes William to take him with her to their bed. Alice watches her best friend Bella take William and realizes that she is jelous, and that is the last thing she thinks as the chapter ends.
Tyrek Lannister is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter the forces of House Lannister smash into the forces of Ramsey Bolten in the Battle of Green Creek. The destruction is complete and Tyrek watches as Jamie finds the body of the man they believe to be Ramsey Bolten, and not even Jordin Bolten is able to see that the bloody corpse is not Ramsey but Ramsey is hidden as Reek, and escapes the battle.
Ezio Ederiz is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he travels to Westbridge with the family of Karl Franz's wife, and this causes a serious negotiation that leads to many prisoners being freed from the Empire. Ezio meets with Shia Labouef of whom lends him the use of the Magi stone of Westbridge, and a three way conversation grows between the two of them and William of whom contends that Karl Franz will make trades because of the kidnapping.
Jon Snow is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he is riding outside of Koenisburg alongside Samwell and Britt Lancave preparing to lead the large army arrayed outside the walls eastward towards the forces of Bolten. A raven arrives and a Koenisburg guard finds him telling him the raven was directed to him, and was said to be extremely urgent leading Jon Snow to return to the Keep where he is stopped by Tucker of whom tells him that the letter was from Jeor Mormont.
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Lucie Lovie is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she arrives in Stor alongside her mother, and despite wanting to tell the kind Roslin Stor of her mothers plan she believes her mother when Britney tells her that she changed her mind and simply wishes to remain in Stor for a brief time before travelling to Lucerne and reuniting with William. Shortly after their arrival her mother begins to isolate herself in her quarters and refused to speak to Lucie only crying and in this way Lucie would seek out Roslin of whom knew Britney from Britney's earlier trip to Stor, and Roslin would go to Britney of which was seen by Lucie when she would hide herself in the closet. Roslin would go to Britney Hemsworth and attempt to help her but found Britney crying in her room and Britney would beg the supremely intelligent Roslin to take Lucie away from the capital for a time and show her the sights of Stor. Despite not wanting to leave the capital while so much important things were happening she and Britney had become friends over all the years Britney had visited the land, and from that Roslin trusted her. Lucie would following this be approached by Roslin of whom told her she planned to travel Stor for a time, and she wanted Lucie to come with her and her family, and after discovering her mother had allowed this she would steadily agree with travelling with Roslin.
Domeric Bolten is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he is in command of a splinter force that he is using to block the Lucernians from moving towards Karhold from the north, and joined in this command by Daryn Hornwood he struggles against the seemingly endless number of Lucernian forces that are arrayed against them. Domeric is planning there next move when a messenger arrives telling him that the Targonian's have abandoned their spot on the front and are moving towards Isselheim a town just west of their capital of Dellbrough. Realizing that the Targonians are attempting to join the Lucernians and while talking with his commanders they guess that the Targonians plan to take Isselheim in order to shatter the entire front as Isselheim stands at the edge of the Dellbrough River and blocks access north. Domeric leads the army towards Isselheim sending word to House Stormrain to move their forces as well towards Isselheim, but with how silent the Stormrain have been he cannot trust they will arrive. of continues to travel in retreat with much of the loyalist elements of the Bolten army, when he learns of the destruction of his brothers force at the Green River. Wishing to rescue his brothers remains he nearly travels to Green River with the Bolten army but is convinced not too by Rickard Karstarke of whom pitited and respected the honor of Domeric Bolten. Domeric Bolten during this time receives a letter from his cousin Jordin saying he has joined Lucerne, and that he has learned the plot against Domeric is quite extensive and that Domeric needs to surrender himself or face betrayal.
Leven Martell is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she spends time with Ashley, Thomas, and William Lovie as William is busy meeting with the council, and Bella has become sick, of which blamed on her pregnancy. As she takes them around the palace grounds of Lucerne the children all go and play together except for Thomas of whom remains behind and tells her that he fears Riley Scott. Leven discovers that Riley threatened his life years previous and he believes that Riley still poses a threat to them. When William meets them in the palace grounds he sits with Leven and they talk as the children play together, and they discuss how William, and Thomas will be going to the Lucernian Academy soon. As they sit the two hold hands, and once again things have changed between the two of them. William tells her of how Karl Franz had agreed to ransom the remaining members of House Lovie in a trade for his wives family, and Leven is once again amazed that William was able to pull of that kind of operation, and she kisses him on the cheek when Nicoli Machiavelli arrives and wishes to discuss with William the issues he had asked about in the lands of the Empire of Nehekhara. At first Leven believes she would be required to leave but William asks her to stay and she listens in as they discuss his plans to send for mercenaries from Nehekhara in order to further boost their military forces.
Hermione Granger is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she remains with the Valerian army as it ravages and destroys the lands of western Arnor capturing thousands and sending them back to Valeria where Kieth tells her the Slanaash followers in the army are preparing a massive escalation of their violent excesses. Hermione Granger witnesses Keven Zegars mask his appearance to diplomats sent from The Empire making them believe he is honorable and because of this the Empire does not intervene against his chaos forces allowing him the ability to return to Valeria and deal with his sister and her rebels. Hermione at the end of the chapter witnesses Keven make a deal with Austrian diplomats that give much of western Arnor to Austria in return for not revealing the chaos elements within the Valerian army. Moing further westward Hermione is silently warned by Kieth Schwartz that things are going to get very violent once they get back to the core Valerian lands and if she wishes to leave then the time is nearly up for her to get away. The next day she is woken in the middle of the night byb Keith Schwartz of whom commands her to follow him and she does follow him into the forest where they ride for an hour before coming upon a grove where she sees Kevin Zegars and his command structure all standing around seemingly waiting for something. They wait there for another hour watching Kevin Zegards group and while there they eventually discover a group of Empire soldiers enter the grove and they escort a small group of chained and hooded figures of which when Kevin begins laughing maniacly they discover that one of the victoms is Natalie Portmane the Queen of Arnor. Seeing Natalie Portmane and remembering the kindess that she had been shown by William Lovie III. what seemed so long ago she almost goes to try and fight but is stopped by Kieth Schwartz of whom tells her that she won't survive and needs to escape so the Lucernians truly discover where Natalie is. Forced to leave lest they be caught she follows Kieth of whom takes her not back to the Valerian camp but instead to a small hidden camp where he tells her they will be parting for the final time revealing the camp is held by Lucernians following the trail of Natalie Portmane. After seeing this Hermionesays goodbye to Kieth Schwartz of whom she had grown to like as a person who she knew regretted everything in his life, and then makes her way into the camp where she is met by several guards including their leader in Karl Donovan. Letting Karl know who she is he allows her to join him as they make there move towards
Edward Cullen is the POV Character of this chapter and he arrives in Noveria where he meets with their leadership and continues to organize the Lucernian operations of which are devesating the untrained and ill disciplined forces of Tevinter. During this chapter and during a battle at the end of the chapter he sees Lord Voldermorte and watches the man stare him down across the battlefield. The Lucernians and Thedas forces move against the Tevinter army situated outside of Serlinia of which is led by several very prominent Death eaters including several very close to the Dark Lord himself. Edward now in command of the force alongside several other Lucernians sends a large cavalry force to outflank the Tevinter army causing them to stop retreating and this leads to the two forces to fight outside of the town of Serlinia. During the fighting Edward is able to alongside the rest of his party counter the Magi of Lord Voldermorte and this forces deliver a crushing defeat on the Tevinter army and Lord Voldermorte retreats as well.
Tyrek Lannister is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter the Lannister army rampages across central Bolten completely destroying the resistence they find and taking castle after castle. As they have success Tyrek watches Jamie become enraged and sack a castle after he receives a letter from Cersei of which details that Joefrey has refused to listen to the commands of the royal family and because of this Bran, and Tommen are sieging him at his fort at Koenisburg, and it cannot hold for long before it falls. Following this Jamie plans a massive trap at Whisperwind Castle and Tyrek witnesses as they blackmail House Whisperwind into becoming a partner in this trap.
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Saiden Scarlet is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he crosses the bridge into the lands of the Kingdom of Bolten with the forces of Lucerne of whom meet with their now allies in House Cole, and during this they make their way eastward in order to cut off the Boltens from assistence from the northern lands of Bolten. A negotion begins with House Mortling of whom controls the vast Mortling Stronghold of which controls the route southward from the northern lands, and after much negotiation the Mortlings agree, and the Cole, and Lucernian army gain the Mortlings, but stay in Mortling Stronghold for a night. The contingent led by Andrik, and Olivia Wilde continue to hold sway and despite Saiden's attempts to resist her advances he would sleep with Olivia Wilde at the end of the chapter.
Hedrik Clegane III. is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he continues fighting in Jeutenburg where a stiff resistence from the defenders has caused the siege to drag on longer then they had wanted. Hedrik meets with the leadership of House Banner, as well as a large troop of forces from Toenisburg arrive in order to assist in the rebuilding of Jeutenburg alongside garrisoning it once they are forced to leave for the east. Hedrik Clegane III. at the end of the chapter fights his way through the final segment of the defences and kills Willen Flayed of which ends the resistence of the Boltens in the city.
Ezio Ederiz is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter Ezio travels northward to Tyke where he meets with representatives of The Empire in order to finalize the trade of people between the two sides, and during the conversations there he and the Empire men are attacked by Order of the Raven men of whom are only killed after Hermione Granger kills the remaining attackers, and then collapses of exhaustion. Ezio Ederiz following this returns to Lucerne where he meets with William, and they come to the conclusion alongside several other high ranking officials that he should take a detatchment and kill Ramsey Bolten so that their two front war could end. Realizing that this will be an extremely hard mission and most likely result in his own death he brings a large contingent of Violet Dragons with him, but unknown to everyone going with him he plans to have them stay in the Dreadfort and not follow him wherever Ramsey runs too.
Alice Lovie is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she forces William to let her out of bed for a short time to spend some time with him, and after finally relenting she joins as William, Nicoli Machiavelli and she is suprised when Leven is also there but either way they all meet with Cersei Lannister, Clarke Greymane, Isilian Scarlet, and several other high nobles of whom they discuss their plans with about gathering mercenaries from Nehekhara and after much debate they decide on sending Nathan Scott, Arya Starke, Anduin Anthor, and several other retainers in order to meet with the Syrian leadership so that they could arrange the purchases. Alice tells William that with the flare up of issues in the Stormlands that the removal for a time of Nathan Scott would give Lucas Scott ample time to work alongside his uncle Kieth in order to cement his control, but also they worry about the backlash from Dan Scott of whom they already know has been pushing for Riley Scott to become a recegnized son of William Lovie III. along the lines of Thomas Lovie. Alice at the end of the chapter has her water break, and William carries her to the Lovie estates where they need to find a wet nurse.
Jon Snow is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he arrives in Westbridge where the other members of his party will be leaving from, and as he waits for his brother and father to arrive he and Sam discuss the coming journey they have ahead of them. Jon meets with Shia Laboef of whom compliments him on his actions in Bolten, and the two discuss where Jon Snow plans to go, and Shia is so impressed about his honesty and story that he reveals how he had fallen in love with someone as well that was terrible for him, and made him want to do terrible things to keep her safe. Shia Labaouef would give Jon Snow a ship to use, as well several prisoners from the jails to augment his forces. Robb, and Eddard arrive alongside several other Starke's and they give Jon a fond farewell, but Robb forces him to promice that they will see eachother again, and Jon promices. After Robb is pulled away by Shia Labouef it is Eddard Starke of whom speaks to his bastard son, and once again the two talk in length, and this time Eddard reveals the true story of him and his mother. Eddard begs his son to take his surname and become a Starke, but Jon reveals that he will only take the surname of Starke after he returns with Ygritte. At the end of the chapter Jon Snow, and Samwell Tarly are making there way onto the boat when they are approached by Randyll Tarly of whom insults Samwell and is extremely cruel to his son before leaving and Samwell's brother Dickon, and sister Sasha Tarly comes by and Dickon showing a similar martial presence but is kind to his brother, while his sister is very happy to see her brother again who had always been kind to her. Leaving finally Samwell comes to terms that his father is nothing to him, but at the very least he was able to say goodbye to his brother and sister for a time.
Leven Martell is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she spends time with William, and Morrigan of whom all wait outside the doors as Alice gives birth to her son, and Bella assists her inside. During this William, Morrigan, and Leven discuss Morrigan's past, and she finally reveals the full truth to him, and also reveals that Brooke can never truly come back no matter what it may feel like at the time.
Lucie Lovie is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she continues travelling with Roslin Stor and everything is going very well until they went to see a waterfall and were ambushed by bandits. After losses initially they are able to push back the bandits until they are hit from the rear by heavy cavalry that kill all the guards and Jasper and his family. The one that killed Jasper pulls back their hood revealing their identity as Britney Hemsworth and Lucie is horrified, and despite Britney explaining she no longer knows her mother and refuses to leave Roslin's side in the cell. With Jasper dead and Britney approaching the wagon Jasper`s wife finally got loose of Roslin`s hold and ran out of the wagon where she attempted to get to Jasper but Britney stuck her down killing her before opening the wagon door and waving her daughter away with a hand, before talking with Roslin. Britney planned to use Roslin and her children as blackmail in case they ran into any kind of trouble when they arrived in Stor and begin the coup. Roslin told her that she would not be used as a bargaining chip and that she might as well kill her now because she was going to ruin Britney`s entire plan, but Britney needed Roslin and thus simply put her in chains and led her to another wagon which was barred. As Britney commanded her men to move the caravan back towards Stor she was attacked by her daughter Lucie of whom finally was finished with Britney and begin raining her little fists at her mother, and Britney and her would have a massive argument which ended with Lucie being locked in the main wagon with Roslin`s children, and Britney getting back on a horse and leading the caravan towards Stor.
Domeric Bolten is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he fights against a force of Lannister men, and manages to defeat a large force of which he discovers later is only a vanguard of some small scouting force they had sent. Injured somewhat in the fighting he awakes to find (His love interest)
Hermione Granger is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she
Tyrek Lannister is the POV Character for this chapter and during this chapter he takes part in the massacre at Whisperwind, where in the main remaining Bolten army in the field is utterly defeated, and what few are able to escape move east past Hayford, where Tyrek at the end of the chapter is congratualed on the victory by Jamie Lannister but as he goes to hug Jamie he is struck by an arrow to his leg. Jamie kills the shooter of the arrow, and Tyrek believes he is fine, and refuses to have anyone look at it deciding he doesn't want to be apart from the fighting.
Alice Lovie is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she has given birth to her child a son of whom she names Tavlian in honor of Sophia Lovie's ancient ancestor that was killed by John Lovie. She says goodbye to William of whom must leave in order to meet with Robb Starke of whom is heading southward and will make a brief stop in in Fairmarket so that he can meet with William. William and Alice sit together before he leaves and she watches the way he watches Leven walk away and Alice knows that it is only a matter of time until William engages in some sort of affair with Leven.
William Lovie III. is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he arrives in Fairmarket with Leven Martell, and Morrigan where he meets with Robb Starke of whom tells him of the happenings in Tevinter before he left, and sadly remarks that Jon Snow has left for the northlands and will probably never be seen again. William sends Robb Starke with nearly six hundred Fairmarket men, and another two thousand troops he had brought with him from the west in the form of House Shephard of whom are led by Jack Shephard. William commands him to take Karhold, and when asked what measure of taking he wishes William tells him that if revenge is what the Starke's want then he won't tell them otherwise. William kisses Leven during the end of the chapter, and this is seen by his son Thomas of whom questions him on why he would do this to Bella Swan, and William does his best to explain that he falls easily in love, and he has a hard time seperating the things he loves.
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"Father I saw you with Leven."
"I'm sorry my son."
"Don't you love Bella, father."
"Thomas. Of course I love Bella."
"Then why kiss another."
"I feel something between us Thomas. Since the moment you first started to talk, and I got to know the kind of morals you have I knew what I felt about you was true."
"What is that father"
"Your just like me." I hugged him closer to my side. "Your just like me. You love deeply and completely. I love Bella, she is my wife and the mother of two of my children."
"I don't understand father."
"I loved your mother Thomas. Amber was the first love I ever had. I truly loved her. I loved Brooke as well. It is the great weakness of my life that I love deeply and cannot look past that."
Saiden Scarlet is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he and the combined Scarlet, and Cole forces move into the lands south of Stoney Shore, and Cerwyn and are able to cut of the ability of these northern powers to move southward. Moving north towards the Stoney Shore they are met by a small force led by a northern force of House Haryen, and House Rurwell of which were dramatically outnumbered, and defeated without much difficulty. Moving further north with many captured members of these houses they are able to force Odenplain to surrender, while Castle Haryen refuses and is put under siege, while Saiden leaves that siege and moves towards the capital of Stoneyshore. Arriving at the Stoneyshore they meet with the Rodrik Ryswell of whom tells them in all honesty the reason he has refused is because he needed the siege to use as an excuse to travel to the Dreadfort where he planned to get his child back from the hostage situation that was going on in the capital.
Domeric Bolten is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he leads the army of Bolten into the lands of the north where he intends to intercept the forces of House Lannister but as he travels he hears news of the Hornwood siege, and realizes he must deal with that situation, and hands command over the main army to Paul Holmgren of whom he believed would act conservatively because he was in his own lands and his cousins family in the Whisperwinds was nearbye and he would not do anything rash. Domeric made his way southward but on the road south towards Hornwood he was met by Roose Bolten of whom had believed that Domeric might go south and thus had headed him off leading to Roose attempting to convinse his son not to leave. Arriving with several hostages his father begs him not to go south as noone had heard word from Ramsey in weeks since his return, and Roose believed that Ramsey had called on the siege. Domeric told him that if he had done this then his time was at an end, and he would punish his brother, but Roose told him that he should return to the main army and leave the Hornwood problem to the Hornwoods as they had the significantly larger forces and Daryn Hornwood was being sent word and would then no with no doubt move all the Hornwood forces back to Hornwood. Revealing also that the remaining hostages at the Dreadfort were under great threat he asked that Domeric take several with his forces including Wylla Manderly of whom Domeric barely recegnized as the same laughing girl he had first met at the White Knife. Domeric would give his father a hug of whom was emotionally unable to return it, and then Domeric said goodbye and made his way with the vangaud to the besieged city of Hornwood.
Hedrik Clegane III. is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he receives word from Robb Starke that he and his forces are but a days march away, and that Hedrik is to surround the western side of Karhold and begin pretending to siege Castle Saltwood where the Karholds had been fed poor information about the direction of the Starke forces. Hedrik would move half the army south of the river and fiegn and attack on Saltwood Castle, and while this was happening his scouts reported that the Karstarks were moving out of Karhold on mass towards Saltwood Castle. The Karstarke's are betrayed on several fronts during the following battle, and the forces of Hedrik are completely victorious and move towards Karhold of which is already being attacked by Robb Starke.
Leven Martell is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she and William travel to Forks on their way back to Lucerne from Fairmarket. On the boat ride back after a long talk with Morrigan, she takes matters into her own hands and finally reveals to William that she wants him in what ever way she can have him, and despite his marriage he sleeps with Leven. Arriving in Forks they are met on the docks by Charles Swan of whom they talk with for a time, and Charles tells William that many lords from the south are arriving in Forks in order to meet with him briefly in regards to the issue of the deteroiting situation in northern Italy and how they wish to handle that. Waiting for the meeting he discusses matters with Charles of whom is extactic over the pregnency of Bella of whom has written to him about how happy she and William are which pains William as he knows he is basically in the middle of two affairs. Talking with Charles ends when Riley Scott arrives alone on horseback, and wishes to return with them to Lucerne for a time. Riley reveals to him that Dan Scott is conspiring to make him and heir and he loves his family and doesn't want to see them come to harm through the menipulations of Dan Scott. Leven goes with William as he talks with Riley, and after Riley leaves with Thomas for a while he tells her that he is amazed at the changes in his son, and as they watch as he spends time with Thomas, and longs to see his three oldest sons become friends. Leven once again talks to Morrigan of whom congratulates her on gaining William in the way she did, and Leven shocked to know Morrigan knew begins to take Morrigan into her confidence revealing the arrangement she offered William and he seemingly agreed to.
Edward Cullen is the POV Character of this chapter and seeing the defeat of the Tevinter Army during the last battle he gets reports of the same successes on the western front, and seeing this he makes a bold decision to infiltrate the Tevinter Empire and sow chaos behind their lines and further weaken them. Infiltrating Antiva he founds a movement under an alias of The Voice, and recruits hundreds into his forces using the idea of breaking free of the monsterous Lord Voldermote. During the end of the chapter they ambush a supply convoy from Tevinter massacring the entire force while being joined during the fighting by a single girl of whom used Magi to kill many of the Tevinter men. After the fighting the girl introduces herself as Clary Folwyn, and tells Edward that she has been estranged from her family for quite a long time, but she wants to make them proud of her and she wants to help Edward which she believes will accomplish this.
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"My name is Clary Folwyn."
"You share the house of the royal family of Antiva girl?"
"What relation are you to the royal family Clary."
"My father is the king of Antiva."
"Let us say that we beilieve you."
"We do not believer you."
"Let us say we believe you. What would bring the princess of Antiva to this bloody road."
"May we speak alone Lord Cullen." I looked at her with my best attempt at hiding who I was. "I know who you are Edward Cullen, and that is the reason I have come to this road."
Tyrek Lannister is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he and the Lannisters arrive at Hayford where they put it under siege, and they learn that a force from Cerywn is north of the city making its way towards Hayford, but at such a pace that it is clear from the reports from the north and the Scarlet forces that the Cerwyn's are simply playing at being Bolten loyalists and are not actually. Tyrek's leg gets worse, and while he doesn't see infection he knows he needs to slow, but refuses to stop until Hayford is taken, and thus the Dreadfort Peninsula is sealed to Bolten. After days of siege the Hayford's surrender the castle, and Jamie Lannister leaves Tyrek in charge of the castle with a small force of men, while he travels further east to engage the Dreadfort itself. Tyrek becomes deliours with sickness, and in this he is helped by Ellesandra Hayford of whom is the beautiful lady of House Hayford.
Lucie Lovie is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she
Domeric Bolten is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he arrives on the outskirts of Hornwood where he believes he will meet with the leadership of House Locke but is ambushed by his brother Ramsey Bolten and many of his supporters. Domeric is tortured and then killed by the members of Ramsey's entourage, and following this Ramsey retreats the field and makes his way northward after desecrating Domeric's body.
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Daryn Hornwood is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he arrives at Hornwood with the forces of House Hornwood following the massacre of Domeric Bolten, and learns his father has switched swides and has joined with Lucerne after the massacre of Domeric.
Lucie Lovie is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she is taken to Stor where she meets with the Council of Stor and they are are told that she is the oldest child of William Lovie III. of whom they all had wanted to get into a closer relationship with. Many argue to try and bargain her back to the Lucernians, but Roslin refuses any of this and simply states they will send her home with all the love they can give her, and that she is not a hostage to be bargained. After saying goodbye to Roslin she travels to Storhold where she stays for a night. During the night she is nearly taken by several of Britney's men, but she is saved from capture by Jon Snow and his men of whom kill Britney's men, and tell her they are Lucernians. Telling them who she is they bow before the girl who is very high up on the line of succession.
Edward Cullen is the POV Character of this chapter and during the beggining of this chapter he walks through the ruins of another Tevinter patrol convoy before calling a council meeting where he tells his commanders to gather the men as they are going to ambush a large Tevinter force and win a pitched battle to truly inspire the people. After this meeting he is apporached by Coldhands of whom warns him about Clary Folwyn of whom Coldhands says will be the end of him, and that she is not actually here to help them. Disregarding Coldhands due to his attraction to her he spends the next part of the this chapter alongside his forces who continue to ambush the Tevinter men that are moving into the area and his persona of the Voice becomes extremely popular in Antiva to the point that the local Tevinter commanders put a huge price on his head. The group is able to capture the village of Hettina, and hold it briefly after the people living there turned against the Tevinter Garrison and gave them control of the village. Fortifying the village while hiding his forces throughout the forests nearbye he sent out word to the Tevinter garrisons through his spies that he was in the village inciting them to come after him. It was as this was all going on that Edward would be introduced to Aldric Folwyn, his best friend Elsa Croken, and her husband Jack Croken of whom took on the role as normal rebels but in fact were prominent members of the royals in Bastion. Edward following their arrival finds Clary takes sick and stays in his personal tent, and while this is happenening his relationship with Clary Folwyn becomes increasingly strong, and they sleep together during the end of the chapter, and she declares to him that she believes in him.
Hedrik Clegane III. is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he meets with Robb Starke in the now contested city of Karhold, and while in a tavern they discuss Robb's part of the battle, and several other important characters come into the picture telling more of a picture of the Battle of Karhold.
Ezio Ederiz is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he arrives at the White Knife where
Hermione Granger is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she wakes up, and is told by Shia Labouef that she has been asleep for nearly a week following her arrival in Westbridge. Left alone in her room she remembers back to her time with Karl Donovan of whom she had followed for some time until they were unable to follow Natalie's path after she entered the Valierian capital of Munchen where Karl had asked her to go to Westbridge and let the high command know what was going on. Waking to learn this knowledge Hermione Granger would be confronted in her bed by Selina Surion of whom Hermione recegnized as the girl that had saved her back in the ruins of Orleans, and thus she listened to Selina when she said she knew the location of the Dagger. Before she could leave she would discuss with Shia Labouef what she had learned and the fact that Karl Donovan was still in Valeria attempting to find a way to get to Natalie Portmane. Knowing that Shia would move with all speed as possible she would mvoe forward with Selina and in this Hermione would follow her out of Westbridge where they made there way towards the Riverlands where Selina told her the dagger was now located. Travelling by boat from Riverrun to Fairmarket they would make there way from there to Hearthglen where Selina told Hermione that the dagger had made its way to a man named Kren Scarlet. Hermione and Selina would watch Kren, and after days of watching him they discovered that he did indeed have the dagger, but they also discovered he wasn't using it for the mind control that it had as a part of its capability. The two would prepare to confront him and take the dagger the next day, and Selina would tell Hermione she had a bad feeling about it.
Edward Cullen is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he awakes in the arms of Clary Folwyn and leaving her sleeping he goes into the village where he finds Loghair bowing before Aldric Folwyn and this led to the discussing how he had been sent there to begin a relationship between the Kingdom of Lucerne, and the Kingdom of Antiva of whom he told him the royal family was behind the rebellion in terms of support. When Edward questioned their loyalty and the fact that the royal family had not sent anything until now it was Loghain that stood forward and admitted that he had been commanded to do everything he had done not only by his own beliefs, but also due to a royal command from Jase Folwyn. Elsa Croken, and her husband Jack Croken would also admit there families loyalty to the rebellion, and would promice that once the time came they would support the rebellion, and until then they would remain by Edward's side as assistance but also as a hostage of sorts is contacted by the King of Antiva of whom wants to arrange an alliance with Lucerne, and while at first skeptical the King sends one of his sons to deliver the message, and remain as a hostage of the Lucernians if he is lying.
Daryn Hornwood is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter Daryn Hornwood arrives at the town of Lotten where he begins the siege of the Locke forces.
Tyrek Lannister is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he is on the mend in Hayford and he and Ellesandra Hayford begin a romance as he gets better. During this time as he and Ellesandra Hayford grow closer they are greeted by the arrival of Tyrion Lannister of whom has been sent by William in order to assist in the fortification of the Stormwall of which they plan to use to defend their taken lands in Westros against the eventual invasion of the Mordor army.
Jon Snow is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he arrives in Storhold and awaits the arrival of the rest of his part before they move north to the lands of the White Watch and what that will mean for their future. He recieves a letter from Jeor Mormont of which details that an attempted coup has occured in Stor and that the rumors are that the Stor's will be moving against several of their neighbors, and this tells Jon that he has time to deal with the White Watch without the Stor's intervening.
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William Lovie III. is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he continues sleeping with Leven Martell, and despite this his wife Bella's pregnancy continues, and he and she continue to get along. He reveals to Morrigan of whom he meets following being with Leven his affair with Morrigan as his trust in her only continues to grow, and she is able to reveal to him the excistence of Flemeth of which shocks her to no end, but trying to reveal herself she is only able to use a fake persona of whom she calls Andrea Korcani after her true name and the name of the home of Flemeth, and telling her story she is able to warn William of her own commands to try and kill Bella Swan which leads to the completion of the Magi defences of the capital well ahead of time. During the end of the chapter William recieves a letter from Stor where he is told by Roslin Stor that they discovered he has a daughter kept secret from him by Britney Hemsworth, and that they are sending her by boat to Westbridge.
Alice Lovie is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she remains behind with Bella Swan as William, Leven, Morrigan, Jasper, and many others travel to Fairmarket where they will meet this Lucie Lovie of whom if true is the oldest of the children of William Lovie III. William is shown to speak through Magi stones to several commanders of both Westbridge and Kul Tiras and commands them to send a large naval presence there, as well he also asks for naval support from the Lucernian allies in the region. During the end of the chapter Bella gets very sick, but quick work by Wynne leads to her getting better, and they believe it is food poisoning at first, but then Alice finds evidence that someone poisoned Bella.
Lucie Lovie is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter Lucie spends a breif amount of time with Jon Snow the man who protected her, and he tells her of where he is going and she is able to tell him somewhat of what she went through but feels the first pull to hide things fearing what people will think of the things that her mother did while they were in Arnor. Jon Snow escorts her to the ship led by Derek Proudmoore of whom had a brought a very large Galley of which was the largest of the ships of House Proudmoore a fact that Jon Snow describes to Lucie telling her that is the largest ship he has ever seen, and following a brief goodbye with Jon Snow she leaves with Derek Proudmoore for the Kingdom of Lucerne. Along the way they are joined by several other ships all of which are meant to be gaurds for her on her return route, but despite the belief that perhaps someone might attack her trip back is without delay or problem. Arriving first at Westbridge she is met on the docks - as they fill supplies and gather nearly a dozen more ships from the navy of Westbridge - by many of the nobility of Westbridge including House Lovie loyalists of whom all wish to see the royal daughter of whom it is difficult for anyone to ignore the fact that she is unmararied and quite the beautiful young girl as well as the oldest child of the king. At the end of the chapter she is woken by Derek Proudmoore of whom takes her to the deck where he shows her the approaching city of Fairmarket, and as they close she can see the King of Lucerne standing on the dock with his family awaiting her.
Saiden Scarlet is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he continues to play his part pretending to beiege the Stoney Shore, and during this time he and Olivia become closer, and closer until they begin discussing the ending of Saiden's marrige and their own marriage.
Leven Martell is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter Leven and William await with many of his children as the boat of Lucie Lovie pulls into the Fairmarket dock, and she consoles him as he gets nervous about seeing her. As she arrives before he can say anything of any real substance she is taken into a hug by Ashley Lovie of whom is followed by Thomas, and William also hugging her but Riley stands back beside William and is unwilling to hug this new claim to the throne. William decides on the advise of Lucie that they will return to Lucerne as quickly as possible and Leven and William stay the night together, where despite the situation he continues his affair with Leven and it becomes basically just something known as he barely even hides his affections for her anymore. During the night Leven wakes as William is walking out of the tent and as he is followed by Ellia Snow, and Jasper he walks into the forest with Lucie Lovie of whom she sneaks into the forests and listens as the father and daughter talk alone for the first time. Following this time between William and Lucie he returns his daughter to her tent with the other members of her family and then returns to Leven who stands out front the tent smiling at him.
- The second half of the chapter is their journey back to Lucerne.
Edward Cullen is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he plans to travel to Bastion to meet with the King of Antiva but as he camps the night before Coldhands warns him that Clary cannot be trusted and that Edward should not go. Unlike all the other advise Coldhands has given him Edward does not heed this and the next day Coldhands is gone and despite attempts to find him his trail disapears. Edward presses on with Hilary Swift, Clary Folwyn, and Vonder to the capital where they are allowed in by Folwyn gaurds of whom several recegnize Clary but she brushes it off saying they are mistaken. Entering the keep they find that the halls inside the keep are utterly silent without guard, or servent and it is at this point that Clary disapears, and unable to find her they make their way to the keep where they discover the King dead with several members of his family and dozens of gaurds. With this discovery they attempt to flee the way they come and find the same guards who let them in now fighting heavily in the courtyard as the courtyard is a battle scene, and Vonder pushes the two back inside the keep locking the door behind them, and despite their best efforts they are unable to get through and make their way back to the keep where they plan to use the tunnel beneath to escape. Reaching the tunnel they are able to get through outside the walls of the keep and make their way to through the city which now sees a spreading violence as the coup spreads outside of the keep, but reaching the outer walls they attempt to cross them but Edward is stabbed through the side and watches as Hilary is knocked out. His last thoughts are wondering where Clary is.
Daryn Hornwood is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he is woken by Varen Stout of whom brings him to the edge of the camp where they meet a surrendering Donnell Locke of whom tells him what has happened, and Daryn pardons him after Varen Stout and several others speak of his honor. Daryn sends his uncle Helman Tallhart - of whom has recently arrived - into Lotten where he will hold the castle with a force while Daryn moves southwest of Lotten towards the sole remaining independants in the form of the Stormrain.
Hedrik Clegane III. is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he arrives on the edge of the Stormrain lands with Robb Starke on their way to the Kingdom of Dustin, and meets with Orys Stormrain, and Visenya Stormrain with Hedrik overcome with the beauty of Visenya and seeing Hedrik's reaction it is Daryn Hornwood that takes over the conversation. As the group marches up the mountains into the lands of House Stormrain its Visenya that joins Hedrik and Daryn as they ride and Visenya is openly flirtatious towards hedrik who for the first time since Accia he forgets about rachel and flirts back leading to Visenya suggesting they go riding down a small path into the forests and as he shares a look with Daryn he agrees despite knowing what he believes the offer means. Riding behind her he thinks on rachel and the betral he is preparing to make but after riding for some time she stops and the two talk for some time about his life back in Lucerne and Visenya tells him that they will be having sex, but first he needs to see something. Overcome by his attraction to her he follows her for twenty minutes as they ride through the path and dense forest but after the twenty minutes the path becomes more settled and the trees disappear exposing a large open valley with stone castle in the center of it. Traveling to the castle as they get closer its Hedrik that sees the castle is heavily garrisoned and in pristine condition and upon entering they go through hallways eventually reaching a door which when she opens reveals a massive open room with a domed roof and a women standing in the middle of the room. Walking closer to the women Hedrik sees that the women is a beautiful elf and the two have a conversation but after a time she reveals the dome can open and Visenya has several guards enter and pull levers which open the dome and then the women reveals she is nothing but a spectral illusion when she puts her hand right through Hedrik. Watching the sky Hedrik watches as a dragon flies into the room and then he talks with the dragon in his mind discovering the dragon is named Yellanix and the dragon asks Visenya to explain to Hedrik the Last Will of William Lovie I. which is a series of massive scrolls on the wall of the room written in Draknoid. Following being told that the Stormrain are loyal Lucernian servents having remained in hiding here out of duty to William Lovie I. its Hedrik that begins discussion to bring them back to the Valley but Visenya indicates that while she will return to the Valely with Yellanix this is due to her connection with Hedrik and the remainder of House Stormrain will remain in the mountains of Stormrain to defend the land for Lucerne and hold it. The chapter ends with Hedrik, and Visenya riding on the back of Yellanix heading towards Karhold where they will use a Magi stone to tell William about Yellanix joining the Kingdom of Lucerne.
Ezio Ederiz is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter
Hermione Granger is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she and Selina make there way into Kren's home and watch as Raven Assassins kill an old man and then are forced to defend Kren on the spot as he is nearly killed by the killers. FIghting them off they watch as Kren uses the dagger to mind control everyone in the room including themselves, and Kren is able to discover the plans of the Ravens as well as prove the loyalty of Hermione, and Selina.
Tyrek Lannister is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he recieves Jamie Lannister and the main Lucernian army of whom has arrived following their attempt to clear the Dreadfort, but they have retreated following the arrival of Mordor's vangaurd on the Peninsula. Jamie leaves soon after for the fortress of Darkdell and Tyrek, and Tyrion are forced to prepare for what may be a soon launching Mordor army against their fortress. Tyrek Lannister at the end of the chapter receives Sandor Dregane of whom is carrying the weakened form of Misha Bolten, and followed closely behind by several other children. Also as he carries them inside the fortress of Hayford he would witness alongside the rest of the fortress a massive dragon flying over the fortress and seeing the white color of the dragon the entire fortress erupts into cheers believing it a sign from Glaurung.
Edward Cullen is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he wakes up tied to a chair and the man across from him introduces himself as Amycus Carrow of whom is leader of the Deatheaters and demanding to know the location of the retreating rebels he is tortered, and from the shadows of his torture he believes he is saved when he sees Caryl Folwyn, but is shocked when she appears as a member of Voldermorte's forces, and while she pretends to care about him she is trying to push him morally over the line more then any actual affection. Somehow Coldhands is able to also get into his prison cell, and attempts to convince Edward to kill Clary using a dagger he gives him, and for a moment Edward thinks of it, but Coldhands leaves once more when Edward rejects the offer. Edward is once again visited by Clary of whom questions Edward on why he continues to resist, but Edward who now sees the truth of things wishes he had taken the knife from Coldhands, but breaks down as Clary lists the things she has done. Clary is removed from the room by Thomas Avery, and his son Edmund Avery of whom use Magi to abuse Edward forcing him to have halucinations about his greatest fears. The chapter ends with Edward Cullen forced to watch Vonder of Lucerne murdered in front of him when he wont join Voldermorte, and when he continues to resist joining them Hilary Swift is brought out he finally relents but they kill her anyway despite him gaining the dark mark, and becoming a member of the Deatheaters.
Ezio Ederiz is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he arrives in the Dreadfort where he meets with Veseryan Ongrill of whom he gives several more Violet's too so that he can continue to plot his escape, but he also learns from Veseryan that Ramsey has been named heir of Bolten, and has left the lands of Bolten to meet with the Iron Islands. Ezio following this meets with Bowen Marsh of whom provides him and his men with a ship of which they leave the port of Dreadfort with, and make their way to the Iron Islands where they will follow the trail of Ramsey and find out what he is doing. Arriving on the Iron Islands they are nearly captured, and their boat is destroyed, and they are forced on the run, of which they are able to escape Pyke after they are saved by Dagmer of Pyke of whom then tells them of the happenings of Ramsey Bolten, and the changes in the Iron Islands.
Saiden Scarlet is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he
Hermione Granger is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she
Edward Cullen is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he wakesup in excruciating pain as his the dark mark on his arm causes him extreme pain, but this pain is nothing as he notices the body of Hilary Swift and overcome with rage he screams out in pain unleashing Magi (despite having no familiar) and obliterating the cell he is being kept in. Edward takes the body of Hilary and taking the wounded body of Edmund Avery he is fights his way out killing several guards and then puts Hilary's body on a horse riding away from the tower that he had been held within. Attempting to get back into the swing of things he he finds himself beggining to hear voices and realizes them to be Deatheaters most notably Clary Folwyn, and these voices compell him to start a fire in the Lucernian camp killing several men despite his attempts to stop himself. Realizing that his coruption leaves him basically a slave of the Deatheaters he flees the Lucernian camp making his way north where he plans to hand himself in to the Deatheaters and work to end his coruption by any means neccessary which he knows is the only way he can ever return home. Riding north he is caught by his cousin Gemma of whom attempts to stop him, but after the voices compell him to fight her the two engage in a brief fight where she is nearly killed but just barely manages to hold off Edward of whom is disarmed following this and is able to convinse Gemma to take him north and agree to spread the word that he is now a traitor to the Lucernians. The chapter ends with Edward stopping his horse outside of the walls of Dongret where he will give himself up to keep his friends and the rebels safe from the dark mark that has now infected him. During this final conversation he and Gemma Cullen discuss his life and all the things he wished he could have done better, and the two cousins break down crying but are forced to stop as guards arrive at there location and Gemma retreats, leaving the last thing Edward sees in the chapter as the beautiful sunset arrayed over the retreating from of Gemma Cullen.
Ezio Ederiz is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he
William Lovie III. is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter William and his family are at the peak of their happiness, and although Alice warns William that there is basically unquestionable evidence that Bella was poisoned he doesn't allow that to damper his mood, and commands a doubling of her gaurd, and more food testers to be put in place of which he believes will protect Bella.
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I smahed my hand on the table in frustration. I knew she wanted me to execute a Faraday, and for the first time since the Faraday's had first begun their consistent attempts at destroying themselves, I just didn't feel like they were involved. "I know that Alice, and I shall do everything within my power to find the monster who tried to have my wife killed."
I looked up at her, and her face had softened clearly saddened that she had angered me. "I don't mean to bring this to you" She looked down for a moment before looking back at me."I know you want this family to just have peace, but sometimes peace must be kept at the end of a sword."
"I do not fear swinging the sword Alice."
"Then why do you not act with more harshness."
"Should I kill random people hoping to find some secret assasin. Should I kill the Faraday family because we found a Faraday sigil in the kitchen The type of man who can poison queens is not the type of man to stop because I kill people."
"Then what shall you do brother."
"I will double her personal gaurd. I will have twice the food testers...I will do everythign I can to find the person. But I will not become our father trying to protect this family." I moved to her and put my hands on her shoulders forcing her too look me in the eyes when I said my final comment on this. "I will kill anyone in this world to protect this family. I will destroy kingdoms, and butcher towns if thats what it takes to save this family." She closed her eyes as she must have begun to realize that I was right. "Do you think me killing everyone in Lucerne will have the affect you want?"
Stragnarax is the POV Character of this chapter and he is awoken from sleep by the feeling that John Lovie is nearing. Discovering from his child Larnax that Mordor is attacking Bolten and that John Lovie is leading that force, Stragnarax hands over the leadership of the White Dovah to Flarnax before saying goodbye to Larnax and others and then travelling to Lucerne. Burning fires all across the peak of the mountain he finally enters the vast city and lands in front of the Cloud Towers where he is met by William Lovie III. the two talk one last time before Stragnarax leaves for the east. Travelling eastward towards Bolten he remebers all the things in his life, and as he nears Bolten he thinks one last time about his great friend William Lovie.
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"You cannot blame yourself for not knowing that John was bad." I truly meant it. I had for a long time blamed myself for allowing my brother to do all the things he did, but eventually you have to realize that they are their own people, and their choices are there own.
"The signs were all there William. Everything pointed to him having been taken in by evil, and yet I allowed my fear of death to cloud my judgement."
"It's been a long..."
"It has been a long William. It's finally the moment I have waited generations of your people to see. I shall seek out this evil man, and I shall destroy him."
"My people say that you are god. If this is true you cannot fall."
"I am not god William. I am simply a very old creature who has finally found a reason worth dying for."