One word screamed, from the mouth of a small girl, clutching in her hand the ankle of a broken man that she had dragged, without notice, to the center of the battlefield.
All combat on the day ceased, as all combatants relinquished their blinding blood thirst, to be drawn to the marvel, which was the unorthodox spectacle that, though it would be twenty years in the making, brought peace between two nations.
Ah, but to understand the peace that can be born from such a sight, one would have to know and have an understanding of the plight of two nations, riddled with the guilt of each others transgressions upon one another.
And this is where our story begins.
The city of Peldaron was enjoying a time of celebration, at the behest of king Eltemphilatys' victory over the Delbiri tribes, of the Elquin Plain lands.
It was common knowledge that the king's brother, Sepharon had struck a deal, in secret, with the lake land peoples-long time allies of the Delbiri-to allow them access and safe passage through the lands, which separated the two kingdoms. This served as the key to the destruction of the Delbiri, who utilized their position and influence with the lake lands to intimidate and lay siege to less hostile regions, and plunder their resources.
Sepharon, an intuitive mind, realized that the alliance between the Delbiri and the lake land people was based upon the equal power, which both nations shared. The Delbiri, with their rich sprawling plains, were virtually untouchable, with the protection of the Delbin mountains at their backs and the Pakuri ocean beyond them. At the front was the vast empire, that formed the lake land people. There was no fear of encroachment, less any enemy of the Delbiri would have to deal with the lake land empire, first.
Easier said than done, as the lake land empire-until Sepharon-kept an unwavering position of neutrality, in all respects, save their loose alliance with the Delbiri tribes. The Delbiri supplied the lake lands with rich deposits of ore and minerals. The lake land empire would supply security, border patrol and safe passage, through and beyond the lake lands.
The lake land empire knew that they could not take, in sheer force alone, the Delbiri tribes. The Delbiri were ruthless, and death in combat was a victory.
The lake land empire welcomed an end to the Delbiri alliance and seized the opportunity to have them eradicated. Excepting the terms of Sepharon's agreement, they waited and watched as the Tabarim kingdom assembled and prepared their siege engines and war machines for the coming infringement.
What the lake land empire did not anticipate was that the spies, amongst their ranks would return this knowledge to the Delbiri. The Delbiri, in response, gave the lake land empire no time to rebutle the charges and began frequent and rapid raids upon the lake land settlements. The lake land empire had no time to respond.
Even more ironic was that purposely the Tabarim kingdom leaked the information of the lake land alliance, to provoke the Delbiri into action against what the Tabarim and all outer realm kingdoms saw as enemies, co-conspirators and accomplices, knowing that the lake land empire would have no choice, but to enter into all out war. And so began the Delbiri massacre.
It took all, but a year to decimate their existence.
Understanding that they had been tricked, the lake land empire, in a weakened state-fore their losses were many-immediately declared war against the Tabirim kingdom, only to find that all of the outer realm kingdoms had united against them.
Even this fact did not give the outer realm the force, to overtake the lake land empire, that their destruction was never even a possible dream.
Thus began the Drakus War, so named for the literal fact that all peoples of Drakus were interlocked in a continental feud.
To be continued...