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Aranée 68: Maeral'a

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The ex-Greeners were simple raiders, but Grigham was extraordinary. His reasoning and efficiency exceeded even Mubela's lofty standards and they became fast friends. Together they effortlessly powered through duty schedules, procedures and military minutiae that would have stymied less-capable officers. In less than two months, the Aeriteuin Guard ran as if it had been in operation for years.

One sunny day, Aranée sat pondering a firewood shortage when Mubela and Grigham requested an audience. They wanted to begin night patrols to keep track of the Greeners, to insure they stayed out of the heights. Aranée agreed, provided they also would forage the surrounding countryside for necessities - such as firewood.

Then a new requirement: Occasionally she would ride with them. They protested for her safety, but quickly relented at the sight of the rock-hard set of her jaw. Nobody present during Grigham's first audience dared risk her anger again and so the matter was settled.

And so it was that she rode with twenty Guard riders the night they heard the unmistakable sounds of battle rattling through the pines. They rode to the sound and encountered an odd scene rendered surreal by skidding clouds and intermittent brilliant moonlight.

In a rare night action, two dozen Greeners assailed six people barricaded behind fallen trees. Despite vicious and repeated assaults, six fallen raiders showed the brave defenders had acquitted themselves well. Still, some of them were wounded and it was only a matter of minutes before the attackers would break them. Aranée wasn't sure if her eyes were playing tricks in the unusual lighting: The defenders' skin had an odd blue cast!

Aranée spurred her horse and shouted "Attack!" - and her Guards violently plowed through the Greener flank like a boulder smashing through a forest. In less than ten minutes the matter was decided, attackers strewn across the silent meadow. She dismounted near the barricade. "Grigham, please have someone check those bodies - I want to know why they are up here."

The defenders huddled in animated conversation until finally their leader, a women, boldly approached Aranée. She bowed and addressed Aranée in a language she could not understand.

The clouds parted and Aranée gasped: The woman was indeed blue tinged - but had distinctly Elvish features! Not knowing what else to do, she addressed her in Sindarin. "I am Aranée... queen of Aeriteuin. Are you all right? Do you require medical assistance?"

A tiny smile played on the woman's lips and she responded in curiously accented Sindarin, "I am Maeral'a, queen of the M'blung Surion. We welcome your assistance." Her smile twisted in amusement as she lightly brushed the tip of Aranée's ear with an outstretched finger. "Perhaps we are... cousins?"


View episodes in sequence for the entire story, links below.

Thanks for your interest, please leave a comment yea or nay, it definitely keeps me going...

FIRST CHAPTER -:- NEXT: Keepers of the Night -:- PREVIOUSLY: The Cleansing

Image and story © 2012 by Larry Hodge
August 23, 2012
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Aug 23, 2012 6:49:01 pm
great chapter and wonderful image...
it is so nice to see Aranée in battle, especially this night

by Faemike55 Online Now!   Homepage »

Aug 23, 2012 6:57:48 pm
Outstanding writing and one excellent image to illustrate it.

by barryjeffer Homepage »

Aug 23, 2012 7:05:33 pm
I have a few strange cousins myself. >;}~
Great job! ")

by Savage_dragon Homepage »

Aug 23, 2012 7:17:23 pm
Interesting meeting indeed. I like how you reference Tolkien's Elvish languages of Sindarin and Quenya. I feel like I'm in a lost time of Middle Earth. Great work.

by adorety Homepage »

Aug 23, 2012 7:45:20 pm
Wonderful image and the royalties in this evening scene are gorgeous! I love the story I look forward to more.

by Cimaira Homepage »

Aug 23, 2012 9:04:20 pm
Fantastic work on another outstanding chapter from the series Larry, always a pleasure to visit your gallery

by magnus073 Online Now!   Homepage »

Aug 23, 2012 9:05:35 pm
awesome :-)

by mapps Homepage »

Aug 23, 2012 9:10:13 pm
another awesome work larry.

by Minda Homepage »

Aug 23, 2012 9:43:35 pm
Good one Larry! I especially like how you have done Aranee in this image; I think it is one of your most realistic images yet.
A great chapter in the series. Perhaps we see a united Elvin front being formed.

by brewgirlca Online Now!   Homepage »

Aug 24, 2012 2:36:06 am
Fantastic work.

by fallen21 Homepage »

Aug 24, 2012 3:01:18 am
Brilliantly told story and the characters in the image are vividly drawn too - a superb chapter all round!

by PhilW Homepage »

Aug 24, 2012 6:56:51 am
One beautiful and colorful render! Great chapter..

by vitachick Homepage »

Aug 24, 2012 11:50:09 am
superb work larry great lighting cool narrative!!!

by Shroom_Magic3D Homepage »

Aug 24, 2012 3:29:04 pm
Wonderful scene especially because it has a horse!

by drifterlee Homepage »

Aug 25, 2012 2:31:57 am
Cool writing and splendid scene my friend!!!Bravissimo!*V*:DDD.HUgsxx Whylma

by Mondwin Homepage »

Aug 28, 2012 12:04:56 am
Gorgeous characters my friend, enchanting creation!

by mgtcs Homepage »

Aug 28, 2012 1:59:51 am
To much cranberry juice perhaps :). Wonderful engaging story!

by Danceswithroos Homepage »

Aug 28, 2012 2:10:53 am

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