Tale to the king chapter 11.
Marz ran through the bloodshed of the city, trying to not have to harm anyone he would encounter. He was in shock as he watched Lync appear from no where and cut his blade through any humans he encountered. Lync looked at Marz with a small scowl as if saying 'don't get yourself killed. Fight them!' And he vanished before Marz could even react. Marz saw Draco and Milia fighting off the humans, Draco was dead set on killing any human he was in range of. Milia was on the defensive, making sure Draco was safe from any long ranged attackers. Draco yelled and made bursts of flames appear around him, burning any humans who stepped within a twenty foot range. Marz was panting softly as he felt the heat from his location, but was amazed to see Milia, clad in full armor, standing there with a stoic look upon her face, as if unaffected by the pain and the unbearable heat of her allies flame. 'Draco! We must move locations! We can't stand here, it's to much of a risk!' She yelled and grabbed his arm. Draco pulled back and drew his sword, which suddenly was engulfed in flames 'risk my scaly ass! I'm going to be sure they PAY for coming into my line of sight!'
Milia sighed, but wasn't going to try and persuade his decision. With a sudden sense of worry, she spoke softly 'don't die on my Draco...' And she ran through the barricade of flames, pulling a spear from the back of her armor and swinging at whatever tried to attack her. Marz rushed over and used his bow staff to make sure whoever he hit would only fall into a stunned position and hopefully wouldn't die. Milia saw his attempts and was still not sure wether he was crazy or downright stupid. 'MARZ! WHY DO YOU TRY!' She yelled at him, seeing him refuse to kill. The fox sighed as he knocked another down 'because I know, deep down, that even the most horrible of people can change, even if they have a past of murder, or thievery.' He told her. Milia sighed hearing his words, but couldn't help but crack and smile and even laugh a bit roughly. 'You're a true hero than! A heart of gold, without a chance for it to shatter.' She shook her head with a smile, sheathing her sword and grabbing a burned up, worn piece of metal 'alright Marz, you lead this assault and I'll take your way.' Marz was in disbelief, the woman who had moments ago been against what he wanted, now was ready to trust his belief's.
'Alright! Head back towards the gate, and try to convince the soldiers to stop killing. Take some hostage and even show some mercy and kindness. I know if we bind together, we can form a group that wins by peace, not by bloodshed.' Marz instructed. Milia thought of a good way to do that, going as far as writing out something in the dirt below her. She nodded and ran off into the fray again, jumping back and forth between shots of arrows and the swing of the swords. Marz watched for a moment and nodded, before turning around. When he turned, he yelped in shock and jumped back, for the one standing behind him was Lync, who was giving him a shocked look 'so you really believe a century long war can be won by peace?' Lync asked him, ignoring the murder going on around them. 'Marz... You show potential in being a leader. I want to follow you, I want to help you achieve this nearly impossible goal of winning a war without violence,' Lync sighed, knowing he was going to be betraying his father's orders. 'I'm now under your orders, stop our own from killing, and only stun and knock out the rest.' He sighed.
'Lync, please be careful.' Marz said as the boy vanished into the flying dirt from the battleground. Marz looked at what he was accomplishing, proud of himself for slowly gaining a group to stop the nonsensical violence and slaughter. It wasn't long before the wager of war had died down, the humans either dead, to weak to fight any more, or unconscious. Verius saw the varying conditions and was amazed at this. He watched his own son go to the final soldier, but instead of cutting him open, Verius was actually proud to see Lync extend a paw out to the human. 'Y-you'd show me kindness... Even though I fought to have you killed?' The tired man asked, showing a sudden softening heart. 'Yes... Someone had opened my eyes to the negative effects of war, and death. Watching that man spare lives and slowly diminish the numbers had opened my eyes to how wrong we all were. In a war, it's better to administer peace, rather than to force pain among the others.'
'Young man, that is a wonderful concept. Who was your general?' The human asked as both Marz and Milia walked up. The man thought it to be Milia, but was shocked as she shook her head, indicating the praise towards Marz. 'He was the brave hero to speak his peace sir, Marz was the one who lead the few soldiers who listened into a bloodless battle with no death in its wake. He sure is a brave soldier, and I believe if we follow him, we can make a world of peace like his dreams, ones we thought childish, have come up with.' Milia told the man, as he walked up to Marz. 'Child, please accept my gratitude for not killing my men. Our Ruler has commanded us to fight you and if we were To obey, he'd slaughter us all. I trust you to stop every Tyrant who puts the lives of many innocent people that they force to fight their battles.'
Marz sighed and looked down, it was a heavy task to be placed on his shoulders, but he wanted to make sure that their could be a world where even the toughest of warriors could live quietly and without violence. 'Yes... Yes I can do it! I gotta be strong enough to bring this war to an end, for the sake of my family, my friends and the innocent suffering as they watch their loved ones die in the armies. Milia, Lync, Draco, Will you guys join my cause and help me but a stop to this?' He asked and turned towards the trio. Milia smirked and raised his blade 'my sword is at your command captain!'
Lync nodded a bit, a smirk appearing on his face 'we got this far already, you think I'm gonna stop doing this after one fight? My shirukens and knives are yours Marz!' Then They looked at Draco, who sneered lightly 'I don't think you'll fully succeed, but as I always told my men, you gotta try, even though the end seems far fetched. I'll join you, but don't expect and sympathy from me if you fail.' He told him, but smirked a bit 'and I'd probably have more fun with you guys than staying here waiting for another battle anyways, so I'll be by your side until the end.'
Marz smiled at the three and nod. 'Great! I Promise you guys, I will lead us to victory, and we won't have to fear the pain of war anymore. Let's go talk with Verius, and make plans for heading to elderith and the Kingdom of light. There we can regroup with my mother, and Lyle.' Marz told them and headed back into the gates, Lync following behind him as they headed towards their home. The duo walked in to see Verius patching up his leg, which got wounded during the battle. Marz looked at him with a soft smile 'well that handled the war. Um, mr. Verius, I have a request of you.' Marz said and stood before him. Verius looked up at the fox boy as if listening carefully. 'Myself, Marz, milia and Draco request to leave the city and head to gain an alliance amongst the three armies, if you'd allow us, we want to go and end this war our way.' Marz told him respectable, not showing a sign of disrespect in his speech.
Verius stood with a since as he balanced himself off his torn leg. 'Marz, it's a dangerous task out there, this world isn't meant to be walked alone. I'm not going stop you but I wouldn't recommend it, but if your hearts are set, than you, Lync and the others have my okay to head out their for your cause.' He spoke with authority, but even behind that Lync could easily tell his father was proud of the decision, even if it were a reckless choice. Marz smiled softly and hugged his caretaker 'thank you, if things get rough, I'll come back to you, but I swear, for you, mom, dad and Sean, and my brother, I vow to stop this war, and end it peacefully, because I'm tired of this stupid bloodshed and nonsense violence.' He sighed sadly, he's already lost his baby brother, he didn't want to lose anyone else. 'And I'm ready to risk my life to make sure my goal is obtained.'
Verius went to a closet and pulled out two swords 'take these, I know you're both not the best with sword combat, but it's a good idea to be open ended on what weapons you use, because you'll never know when or where you're fighting, and you may not be able to always reach your weapons. So do train with these, and make sure you're familiar with different weapon types, because it's never good to be efficient with only one weapon.'
Both boys accepted the swords and nodded. Lync sighed and hugged his dad, it was obvious he was worried about being away from home, but he knew he had to be strong. 'My child, I promise you'll be okay. Just stay close to Marz and never leave him. As long as you two stay together, you'll live, I know it.' Verius held his son for what felt like an eternity, until they finally broke apart and Lync wiped his eyes. He told himself he wouldn't cry, but that was becoming harder than anticipated. Marz helped Lync pack up for the trip, scared for what was to come. He made sure to pack lightly, only packing changes of clothes and necessities. He picked up his picture of him, his brothers and Sean's sons and held it close. He set the picture in his bag and sealed it up, heading out towards the door with Lync, saying their goodbyes to Verius.
Milia and Draco waited for them patiently at the gate, Milia wiping his sword down after recently cleaning it, and Draco pacing slightly back and forth, a bit uneasy about the road ahead. 'Milia, don't you ever get nervous about things? Ever since Marz told us his plan, you've been nothing but a smiling face. Why does it not bother you that we are four soldiers, trying to stop a war alone?' Draco looked at her, and Milia just chuckled ever so slightly. She sheathed her blade and let it hang on its strings at her side.
'The reason I'm not scared or worried is because I have faith. I know that with your strength, Lync's capabilities at sneaking, Marz's leadership and my tactic skills, we will be fine. You're a shield to those kids now Draco, and I have full faith you'll protect them. Underneath that rough exterior, I know that you have a heart of gold and won't let anyone harm those kids or me.' She smiled softly, keeping her eyes focused on Draco's blood red eyes. He lowered his head slightly and looked to the side, a blush slowly creeping across his face 'you don't know a thing, my heart is stone cold, I'm a killer. I only chose to follow Marz because he has a goal, staying her leaves me with the same repetitive work. I do wish this war would end, but I also wish we could at least have something happen to change everything.'
Milia nodded as he spoke, but now had the words running through her head 'something to change everything.' Now she stood there in question. What was it that Draco meant by that, and what would it mean for herself and the other two. Only time could tell her the answers. She looked over at Marz and Lync as they approached, and thus started their quest towards the Kingdom of Light, to first gain the help of Marz's father, Drax Sr.