Borders Drawn in Blood

Something I Can't Fight

The morning after the battle, our 2 prisoners awake. Lila starts to question them as to why they are attacking us. The one in charge reveals he is the 3rd prince of the Sfrotza family and he was sent to prevent us from returning the evil book to Cardinal Durrante. We explain we were taking it to the Bishop in order to expose the cardinal. But he remains unconvinced, claiming Congrande is behind the evil and the plague in the area.
As he is noble ransoming him is a possiblity, but we can’t complete our mission and ransom him on our own. So I send Layil back with a brief note, asking for instructions.
During this time Lila tells the scout his fate is tied to the war dogs, and should it attack anyone his life will be forfit. That night the dog disappears. We move camp to different location as I think the dog might lead some soldiers back to us as we wait. After 2 days Layil returns with our answer. We are to return to Verona with the 2 prisoners.
After a days travel we make camp and the weather seems to indicate snow for tomorrow, great, this country is too cold…
That night the dog reappears bringing a rabbit to the edge of the fight light and leaving it for us. Ok so I was wrong about it going to get help…
It does start to snow again the next day, slowing our travel but not stopping it like the storm we had on the way out from Verona. I really miss my dry warm hills and desert…
That night a man shuffles toward the camp, as he enters the firelight, he mumbles help me and grab a hold of Freidrich. The man face is covered in boils!!! He has the plague!! Everyone is awakened as Freidrich screams, the man dugs his finger nails into Freidrichs arm. Friedrich collapses losing the contents of his stomach. Dominic, Etorre and Gino surround the man and chop him down, his death is a mercy. I have drawn my new bow and backed away so I can see the battle and the prisoners. Lila is playing her harp and Nico has pulled a bow as well. Two more plague victims stumble into the light from either side of camp. Freidrich is by the stream dryheaving. As Dominic, Ettore and Gino close with one of the walking corpses, Nico and I fill the other with arrows. But it keeps coming for me! His clawlike hand find my flesh, Allah help me, I do not want to die from the plague… Several arrows later he finally stops attacking me. The other one has fallen to Gino and Ettores blades, and Dominic is now wretching as well. That makes 3 of us wounded and possibly infected. I pray to Allah to spare us this horrid death, and vow to end my freinds life swiftly if they are infected. And I hope they have the courage to grant me the same mercy.
Dominic tends to Freidrich, then prays over my wound and his own as well. The wounds vanish but will that be enough, only time will tell.
We reach Verona the next day, with Lila periodically checking behind our ears for signs we are infected.
We reach the castle and turn the prisoners over the guards. We then go see Congrande. He is very please with us, and says the ransom will help fund his war. He wants us to continue our mission in Vincenza, as the population is even more unhappy with the Sfortza’s rule than they were a week ago.
We agree and leave to re-provision for the journey. We return to check on our house and staff, only to find that the new guards have been partying and making a mess of the house. Carine has said she has barred them from the house proper unless they are on guard duty. I tell her I will speak with them about proper respect.
I find the guard we left in charge and he starts to complaion that a servant is bossing him around and I need to talk to her. I give him the best dressing down of my life and leave him in tears, with a perfect understanding of who is in charge when we are not here. I probably should not have been so harsh with him, but my fear and frustration were unleased on him. Am I going to die soon of that horrible rotting? How long before the signs start to show? Maybe I will die in battle before then. I just wish I would been able to see Victoria restored to her family’s lands. Allah take me to your paradise soon, I hope you are waiting for me, Aaliyah my love.
We leave the next morning, traveling over the familiar ground again on our way to Vincenza. I am hoping to encounter soldiers and die honorably in battle….

Comments

Okay this time lets avoid all the retching, plagues, and snarling dogs. Well done.

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Great write up. So, when the 3 of you succumb to the plague Lilo/Lila/Viktoria will now be the up front fighter while Ettore is playing games in the woods!

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" I really miss my dry warm hills and dessert…" Aw man, I too miss a good ‘dessert’, its been a while sense I had a good cake :P

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Good job. Now I’m caught up. Wish I didn’t miss last week

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Are you making fun of Nizar, Alex?? It is spelled correctly. :-)

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I’m so sorry I’m am reading this so late. =[
Nizar sounds depressed on the verge of suicide … I can’t judge him; I’d feel the same too!
Very nice synopsis =]

Something I Can't Fight
Maerdran Raven65

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