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500 Words - Dark Fantasy Flash Fiction - “A New Alliance”
« on: February 10, 2019, 12:06:27 AM »
I had a great time writing this one. Again, keeping myself strictly limited to 500 words was a fun challenge, and I hope you enjoy it. I’ve realized while writing it that I am very interested in writing more ‘grand scale’ epic battles!

A NEW ALLIANCE
500 Words

“Advance! Shields up! Push forward!”

Commander Todrik Willamont thrust his spear again and again, tearing into the throats and faces of his Orcish attackers. Thick blood sprayed his smooth face and jet black hair.

Nearby, Michal Calderone traced arcane patterns in the air with his onyx wand. White lightning bolts arced and exploded amidst the enemy.

“Commander!” Trooper Kleinholtz laughed. “They’re retreating! We-”

A crude arrow whistled through the air and skewered Kleinholtz through the head. The spearman toppled over, dead.

The Han horse archer dropped his bow and charged, screaming loudly.

“Gwenny!” Todrik screamed. “Shield!”

Gwendolyn Greenbrook pointed with her ruby staff. Her auburn hair flew around her in waves as a glittering, crystalline dome reformed around Todrik‘s spearmen. 

More arrows rained down upon Willamont’s spearmen. They bounced harmlessly off the invisible, magical barrier.

The screaming Han rider slashed with his curved scimitar.

Todrik deflected the blow with his shield and thrust his spear upwards, unhorsing the barbarian.

“Fight!” Willamont shouted. “Fight!”

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The Atrakhan Steppe stretched out below them.

Michal tended to the wounded as Todrik and Gwendolyn freed the Elven prisoners.

“You.” An Elf with silver hair said to Todrik in a melodic voice. “What is your name?”

“Todrik Willamont, milord.” Todrik said. “I command King Darreon’s Eighty Third Regiment of Foot Spears.”

“It was Todrik’s idea to rescue you, Prince Ithelienne. His superiors know nothing of this mission. Todrik tasked me to find you with my magic.” Gwendolyn curtsied. “I am Warlock Journeyman Gwendolyn Greenbriar of the Royal Arcane Collegium.”

“Gwendolyn. You were at the conclave.” Ithelienne regarded her with his emerald eyes. “The ‘Loudmouth Wench’, I believe Magister Fairfax called you.”

Gwendolyn’s cheeks blushed red, and she looked down.

“You were right to leave the Alliance, my lord.” Todrik said. “Humans have treated the Elven people terribly over the centuries. But our leaders do not speak for all of us. You must know that the Dread Lord’s westward expansion will not stop once he destroys Humanity. He will come for the Elves next.”

“My people have sailed over the sea, to a land shrouded in magic. Vargo Duuk is no threat to us.” Prince Ithelienne said.

“When Vargo Duuk controls this land, he will control the Crystal Deepmines, the Crystalwater Springs, and all the Crystal Forests.” Gwendolyn said. “Will he not be a threat to you then?”

“Milord.” Todrik said. “If you don’t wish to aid the Humans, help us stop the Dread Lord for the sake of your own people.”

Prince Ithelienne gestured to Todrik.

“Present yourself.”

Todrik sank to one knee.

Ithelienne unstrapped the scabbard at his waist and held the exquisitely decorated relic up before his face.

“I hereby charge you and honor-name you Todrik Willamont, the Dragon of Atrakhan. Wield the Brightstar with fury and honor. Together, we will destroy the Dread Lord Vargo Duuk and bring peace to the land. The Elven Enclaves will not stand with King Darreon…”

Ithelienne handed the sword to Todrik.

“But we will stand with you.”
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Re: 500 Words - Dark Fantasy Flash Fiction - “A New Alliance”
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2019, 09:28:04 AM »
Another well written story.       Jan
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Re: 500 Words - Dark Fantasy Flash Fiction - “A New Alliance”
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2019, 11:32:44 AM »
Wow, not bad at all. I have nothing to add here for this piece.
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Re: 500 Words - Dark Fantasy Flash Fiction - “A New Alliance”
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2019, 07:55:10 PM »
Another well written story.       Jan

Thank you, Jan! Always happy to read your feedback!
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2019, 07:55:50 PM »
Wow, not bad at all. I have nothing to add here for this piece.

Thank you! I’m happy to receive your feedback! Always happy to see a “Wow”!
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