The land bountiful, beautiful river lined the land, and mountains dotted the landscape. Duvar is a bountiful kingdom and full of prosperity and natural resources
However among the residents of the Kingdom there is one other thing that makes this kingdom stands out.
The Princess of Duvar, Helena
Helena is the daughter of King Vrandeus of Duvar Kingdom. It is said that Helena is the most beautiful women in all of the Continent.
Anyone who looks at her face is stir with sweet passion in their hearts and could not help but admire her beauty.
Even adventurers fall for her beauty.
She was graceful in all areas. A prodigy in hunting and a woman that is highly desired by all men.
Strong and graceful and possessing beauty with no peers, she was the Goddess of Love reborn as mortal, people said.
Her laughter entranced many, her gaze making people go crazy desiring her.
Since Helena young age countless suitors has waited for her to reach a marriageable age to sue her hand for marriage.
Duvar is located in the central continent and one of strategic location for many kingdoms borders
King Vrandeus is actually worried because suitor from Vanheim, Veranis, Karak, Vor, Saril, Niovar, Alfhaim, Loth, Nero Republic has all asked for his daughter hand.
This has plagued him for many days and even his minster did not know how to advise him of this matter.
Then Vrandeus tries to remember the details of each of the Kingdom that proposes her daughter.
He look at the map sprawled on top of his table as he look at Vanheim.
King George of Vanheim in the East is quickly becoming one of the most powerful man in the continent.
With Vetten Kingdom capital being sieged by Bradheim it is only a matter of time before Vetten falls and Vanheim become bigger and more powerful.
Also with the help of Gruk the Great Orc in Nairhell their victory is all but guaranteed.
It is said that Bradheim and Gruk fought in the battlefield like a demon unleashed from hell.
The economic profit from their cooperation has greatly help Vanheim to maintain this war and probably Vanheim to enter a new age of prosperity
Using war to fill the treasury.
The Great Orc Gruk tribes also prosper from the acceptance of Vanheim to their foreign neighbor of different race.
Orcs is known to be brave and warlike and when that instinct were turned upon an enemy, it is truly terrifying
Not many Orcs has malnutrition or insufficient of food and supply anymore since Vanheim employed majority of them into the army.
This makes other Orc tribes join Gruk tribes willingly.
Now he has 30 tribes under him making him the only Orcs in Nairhell to have that many tribe serve him.
It wouldn’t be long before Gruk could establish his Orchish kingdom
With many players playing as an Orc, Gruk has formed an elite military unit and to gain recognition and fame they also follow Bradheim expedition to Vetten, plundering castles and razing castles as they went.
Which explain the large host of armies which send fears towards the Vetten people.
But Bradheim and Gruk treats the people with benevolence and spare the troops that surrendered.
Learning of his brother technique “letting something go, to catch something more important”
The deafening sound of the army approaching on their mount is like thunder in the sky and the noise alone is rumored to have made some trembling in fear.
After the act of mercy showed to the prisoners of Vetten many minister and nobles of Vetten swear fealty to George, opening their cities making Bradheim job easier.
Bradheim accepts their fealty thus making it easier for him to come to the Vetten capital.
With almost all of the nobles choosing a side, a few weeks from now the conclusion can be seen.
Many said that Vetten Kingdom doom is but guaranteed. King Vrandeus shakes his head. This is not a King that he wanted to offend.
Veranis on the other hand, led by Prince Alexander, a talented commander and general is the military leader that led both the army and adventurers alike.
With his brilliant tactics and strategies and their army morale, Alexander has already conquered Tian Dynasty and set his sight to Gerad.
Without stopping Alexander march through villages and cities and for each city he came and conquers.
Now Veranis is as big as Vetten Kingdom in their heyday. The Old Dreams of their ancestors could finally be realized.
Prince Alexander is a force to be reckoned with. The Eastern Continent is producing many great heroes right now.
Gerad on the other hand is being attacked by Niovar after Niovar heard of The Fall of Tian capitalizing on their neglect on the border.
The Fall of Tian was also portrayed in painting and works of art in Veranis as testament of a rising power.
After strengthening the alliance with Vanheim, Veranis seems unstoppable. Vanheim swallowed Vetten, and Veranis swallow the offshoot of Veranis.
Their alliance produces a win-win situation for both of them.
Niovar on the other hand, is getting worried because of the fast rise of Vanheim to power and is preparing their army, training every day and recruiting soldiers.
There is no doubt that right now the only one capable of uniting the eastern continent is either Vanheim, Niovar or Veranis.
But considering the great relations between Veranis and Vanheim, Veranis will serve under Vanheim if ever George declares himself Emperor.
Which means, only Niovar with its military and abundant resources can fight Vanheim.
Vrandeus then think about Saril and Vor Kingdom which just recently joined hands in an alliance for fear of the adventurers Zeus the Vevaian King.
Obviously they asked for her daughter hand not only because of her beauty but also because of the political matters.
By joining hands in marriage, Saril and Vor will gain another ally if they ever went to war.
Alfhaim and Loth on the other hand must also want the same thing.
Vanheim, on the other hand must wanted a foothold in the Central continent so they can march to the Holy land in Duvar and George could then proclaim himself emperor.
Duvar is the seat of power of emperors in the past.
Without proclaiming yourself emperor in Duvar with all the ceremonies and rituals being done, any King could proclaim themselves emperor.
It is the seat of power because of the Holy energy that still exists here.
However Vrandeus is in a dilemma right now.
He is afraid to select a husband for his daughter. To send any of the suitors away may offend them and giving them grounds for a quarrel.
And if Kings and princes quarrel it could easily escalate to war. Many Kings and princes from around the continent have come here in Duvar.
They all bring lavish gifts, precious diamond, necklace encrusted diamond, and golden weapons from their kingdom knowing Helena was an ardent fan of hunting.
Thankfully the reputation of Castor and Pollux, Helena brothers could calm the suitors making sure the princes on their best behavior.
Edward, son of King George of Vanheim seems to be the most promising choice.
But still, the other might not be satisfied and lay siege to this Holy Land. He wrapped the map and then went out from his room.
With some guard following him, he walk to the Temple Square. He walked to one of the temples.
Vrandeus went to Hera temple. Hera was the Queen of the gods and the goddess of women and marriage.
She was also a goddess of the sky and starry heavens.
All the Oracles in the continent has spoken that Hera has married Zeus, Lord of the Sky and the Heavens celebrated as all the minor gods were summoned to attend the wedding.
Hearing this news from his Oracles, Vrandeus quickly commissioned builder, sculptors, and painters to construct a beautiful temple and decorate it with beautiful piece of Art.
As the King in a Holy Land he knows that the Gods can be offended with the smallest thing.
If the Queen of the Gods does not have a temple of her own, Vrandeus shudder to think the wrath that will be inflicted upon him.
Then he kneels in front of the giant statue of Hera. Her statue depicted her as a beautiful woman wearing a crown and holding a royal, lotus-tipped staff.
On her sides was a royal lion and in her hand was a hawk as her familiar.
Hera was a rogue God but now that she had joined Olympus she is a God that should have a temple of her own.
The other statues also depicted her with a peacock and a cuckoo bird. Then he kneeled below the statue of Hera and prayed
“I sing of golden-throned Hera who sits in a golden palace constructed high above the sky. Queen of the Immortals is she, surpassing all in beauty: she is the wife of loud-thundering Zeus,–the glorious one whom all the blessed throughout high heaven reverence and honour even as Zeus who delights in thunder.”
After he sings the hymns, he began to pray
“Give me a man that can help in my troubles of deciding Helena husband for I feared anyone I choose would spell doom for my Kingdom”
He prayed with all of his heart. He prayed earnestly and Hera in the Heavens hear his prayer.
Moved by the mortal sincerity Hera decided to fulfill this mortal wish.
Sitting on his golden throne in her golden palace Hera ordered a lion envelop by fire to summon Athena to Olympus, and to enter the newly built palace that was built by Zeus himself.
She will discuss this with Athena and see whether she can give her bright ideas.
Hearing Hera summoning her to the palace, Athena flew to the heavens. The moment she arrived Hera quickly cut to the chase.
Hera has asked her if she has any mortal that can solve Vrandeus problem.
Hera is just recently promoted to a major God. Though she is still not on the Council thus she decided to bring Athena to her side.
Athena pondered for a while before replying
“I know of one, white armed Hera, but he is no mortal for he is an adventurer. I believe he can solve Vrandeus problems” Athena offered.
Overjoyed, Hera said.
“Fine, then sent him to Vrandeus”
“I’m afraid that is not possible” Athena said feigning sadness.
Then Athena tell the story of Poseidon and Aero
“We must report this to my husband” Hera said in a worried tone.
“No, we must not! Poseidon may be one of his subjects but if you think that he is weaker than Zeus you’re sorely mistaken, blessed Hera.”
She tells Hera what she is worrying about. If they make a wrong move, this might lead a war between the Gods.
Athena believes this can be solved with the Council without threatening war.
Then Athena told her plan to Hera. Hera listen intently then nodded.
“You want the boy to prove his worth? To be worthy of the sword?” said Hera perplexed
“Yes, just like Lizhu impressed Poseidon so much that he willingly part with that sword, I have send the boy on his first task. His third task will be to help you Queen Goddess. I hope that if he managed to help you, you would also favor him in the Council”
Even though Hera is still not on the Council she could persuade Zeus and the other Gods to favor the boy.
After thinking for a while Hera nodded.
“I will see whether he is worthy or not”
“That is all I ask” Athena nodded satisfied.
After getting the Goddess swears a verbal agreement, Athena flew back down to the Western Continent.
Hera on her throne also began sending message to Hades to let her see through his realm for a while, curious about the boy Athena speaks so highly about.
Second chapter of the week