The First Book of Iaddius Ioahann (Chapter 5, page 1 of 15)


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Chapter 5

"We are a horrible race. We get ourselves all worked up about things until they escalate to the extant that we take up our shields and fists full of steel and we engage one another in bloody warfare. I have seen men, good men, die. I have seen men cleaved in half, I've seen men shot through the head with arrows, and I have seen men dismembered lying upon the sand, red with their blood, crying for their mothers like little children. They say that there is a dignity in dying for one's country. If there is - well, I have never seen it. War is an engagement of death, not dignity." Iaddius Iohann, from his Journals. There were six of us gathered around a small table in one of the smaller caverns of the canyon. The door was shut tight and our discussion was lit only by flickering candles. Gul-Carlo presided over the meeting which consisted of himself, and two of his advisors: one being a large man by the name of Ibrahim, and the other an elderly man with a long dark beard. His name was Reanus. Also in attendance were myself, of course, Haig, and Amelia, Gul-Carlo's niece.

In the flickering candlelight Gul-Carlo explained the plan. Haig, Amelia, and I, along with a guide by the name of Teague, would be evacuated as soon as possible and make a sprint for the north. We would be given enough water to last us the two-day journey that they anticipated it taking us before reaching the base of the mesas where we would find a small pocket of vegetation and a well. We would also each be armed with a short sword. Just in case. Once we reached the vegetation pocket we would fill our canteens before ascending the mesas and traveling to the other side. There we would find a path which would lead us through a few miles of forest before beginning the ascent into the mountains. We were assured that Teague would be able to discover this path and I, likewise, assured them that once we were in the mountains I would be able to navigate us into the inhabited regions.

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