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Martin and Maria
Lord/Lord – Steel Lance/Steel Sword
Six months have passed after King Marcus’s death by Queen Amelia of Malevfal. The war between the two capitals has not stopped, nor does any sign of conclusion look like it is coming. Soldiers across both kingdoms are still giving their lives to fight for their homeland and to further help their respective side succeed.
For almost a month, everything seems to have settled down. While there is still engagement between Rostiffe and Malevfal, the results from those confrontations are not as deadly as they have been compared to when the war began. The prince and princess, Martin, and Maria, wonder why the fighting had slowly began ceasing. Martin assumes it is because Malevfal had loss so many soldiers while Maria believes it might be because Queen Amelia is waiting to do something deadlier and does not want to lose too much of her army before it happens.
Maria was standing out on the balcony of the capitol during a warm, sunny day. The wind blew nicely with her hair waving from it. Martin walked to the balcony and stood next to Maria to give her the daily report.
“Hey Maria! We received reports from Rasdam that only a band of Malevfal soldiers were seen in sight today. With news like this coming each day, it makes me feel a little safer knowing that the war might be ending soon!” Martin happily said to Maria.
“I’d still take all this weird, low activity from Malevfal with a grain of salt, Martin. I mean their queen murdered our father by luring him to her kingdom for a supposed peace conference. Surely Amelia might have other plans. Someone like her could not possibly just kill our father and just let the war slowly die afterwards.” Maria replied to Martin in a worried manner.
“I am aware of Amelia’s devious schemes Maria, but our soldiers have not slept well for so long. We should be alert of any danger but let us relax too! Now let us enjoy this warm day!” Martin calmly said to Maria.
As both Martin and Maria talked to one another about Malevfal’s activity, their mother, Queen Maryam, came over to them.
“You both never change I see! Martin, you’re always quick to assume things without fear but you must consider other factors before heading into battle. And as for you Maria, it is good that you think things through but constantly worrying about danger is unhealthy. Build more confidence in yourself and everything will go swimmingly!”
“Heh, you never seize to make me feel at ease, mother! I know confidence is needed to get through things in life but I don’t want to ignore the consequences too.” Maria respectively said to her mother.
“And I like jumping into saving lives as fast as I can! I can’t let anyone down! I’m willing to take any injuries if it means helping those in needs! Although I don’t want to lose my head too.” Martin boldly responded to his mother’s words.
Queen Maryam smiled at both for what they said. She was ready to reply when suddenly a loud noise was heard from a distance from where the three were. The sound was as if something large had blown up around the area. Smoke then started to rise from where one of the market areas were in Rostiffe.
Hesitant as always, Martin quickly ran back into the capitol to grab his lance for battle only for Queen Maryam to tell him to not do anything too reckless to which Martin replied saying that he would try to keep her words in his mind. Like Martin, Maria rushed to grab her sword as well and both headed out to see what or who caused the explosion in the market area.
With Martin and Maria equipped with their weapons, they rushed down south to the site of where the smoke was. When they arrived, both saw several injured people along with market stands that were destroyed too. Maria yelled out who was responsible with no one answering. Suddenly, someone came out of the smoke and that person was a Barbarian who was smiling in an evil manner.
“If it isn’t the children of the fallen king, Marcus. You’re too late however. We’re already in the process of stealing whatever goods we can find here.” exclaimed the Barbarian.
Maria asked how such an explosion happened and thus a Dark Mage came out of the smoke too. Martin assumed it was her who caused the destruction as he saw no one else who could have done such a thing.
“The name is Johnathan and we’re here to take what we can back to Rasdam. If you both leave, we won’t hurt you…or any civilians, hehe,” said Johnathan as he threatened both.
“No thieves will escape Rostiffe. As prince of this kingdom, prepare for battle!” Martin proudly yelled at Johnathan.
“Do we really need to engage now, brother?” asked Maria.
Johnathan agreed to the battle and promised he would have their weapons at the end of all this. He ordered his henchman to come out and attack them. Out came two Myrmidons, three more Barbarians and two Thieves. Johnathan ordered one of the Thieves to attack them both but Martin charged with his lance, dodged the Myrmidon’s sword swing, and struck him on the Myrmidon’s legs where he became immobilized.
“Heh, is that all you got? That swordsman was just practice,” Martin said as he bragged about his victory.
Johnathan did not seem fazed and gave a signal to the right. With the signal received, a man with a bow shot an arrow at Martin. As the arrow came, Maria pushed Martin away and deflected the arrow with her sword.
“Damn you, princess. No matter though as you both are outnumbered!” Johnathan said as he laughed at Martin and Maria.
“While it’s true that you have more people on your side, we are the prince and princess of Rostiffe and it’s our duty to protect our kingdom. You won’t get away with this no matter how huge your band of thieves are,” Martin replied with full confidence.
“Anyone else who’s willing to fight against these crooks may join us. Rostiffe will not tolerate troublemakers like these people and you would be doing a good service for your kingdom,” Maria proudly said as well.
Johnathan then scolded at both again and told his henchman to start going after them.
⋆Johnathan: Barbarian – Iron Axe (Boss)
Barbarian x3 – Bronze Axe
Thief x2 – Bronze Sword
Dark Mage – Flux
Myrmidon – Bronze Sword
Archer – Bronze Yumi