Many years ago, there was only one continent on earth. A continent where all trade routes, cities, palaces, and lands were one. A period of time when humanity could think as a single brain. And this one gigantic continent had a powerful king. Someone who had an unbreakable will, a passionate heart, and a brave soul. And that was "King Einar". Except for his exalted rank among people and the achievements he has made, King Einar also had a strong will, a generous personality, and a compassionate heart. He was a man who fulfilled his rule in the kingdom for a long time and has ensured that people live peacefully until the present. But just like any other leader, his time was coming to an end.
After a long reign, he understood that he could no longer rule the kingdom in any way. He was old. The likelihood of making the wrong decisions was very high. So there was only one thing he had to do. He decided to call his five sons. His own children, who were noble and proved themselves as honorary knights. He called them, to choose a new heir to his kingdom. And although he had concerns about this as a king, he was still adamant about what he would do. This kingdom needed someone, and it had to happen right now. He needed someone. Someone who could take his place to keep the people and its peace safe in place. So giving every one of them different duties, he said to them one thing,
"Whoever completes his mission successfully will be the next king."
So on, after the King's words and his order, each brother accepted their duties and left the palace being determined about what they were going to do. But this determination had made them somewhat ambitious. After a while, they all began to compete with each other and perform the tasks they had only to succeed. This was no longer a matter of honor, it had turned into a competition. They were angry, ambitious, and greedy. But it took one move, just to make it all fall down.
After a short time they completed their missions, and each brother returned to the palace having completed all of their duties. When they walked in the first time, each brother was very confident in what they were doing. They all thought that they had achieved something, even how they became leaders better than others. How they achieved something bigger compared to others. It was obvious that arrogance had already taken over their body and had now become tangible and visible.
However, at that moment very moment, the king said something. Something that will shock every brother from deep inside.
He told that every brother failed his test. Except, for the youngest brother.
This situation was a memorable moment for each of them. Because of the disappointment, confusion, and anger that each brother felt at that moment, it was all on a separate level.
But the eldest brother and the most powerful brother, "Yores" stood in front of the king and went against the situation. He was frustrated. His agony and his ideas were colliding.
So he angrily asked why he did such a thing. Why he would do something like this
"My king! There is no meaning in the movement you are making! Please reconsider your decision, and make a decision without ignoring what we have done and what we can! "
He replied, in a calm manner,
"I did not give you your duties to show off your power. Being a king is not about only being powerful. It is about determination, being patient, and finding out what you could do to protect your people."
"You can't let your other four sons down so easily!"
Yores got out of control at that moment. His anger was drooling from his eyes and he was clenching his fists. Breathing heavily. He was both furious and terrifying.
"We have achieved outstanding success in the tasks you have given and completed. And we didn't think about going out on any orders either. So tell me, why would you do such a thing for no reason!"
King shouted back,
"I gave you the test you needed! And it was in your hands whether you could pass it! It's pathetic of you to complain about things you couldn't do as both a warrior and a knight! It is no acceptance that you can oppose a situation like this, Yores. I've made my decision now, and I don't intend to come back from it. So keep your manners calm and accomplish your duties as I say."
There was great anger in the eyes of Yores.
At that moment, everything he thought about his father, everything he believed in and saw in him, had changed. Now it seemed to him that he was nothing more than a father than just a stupid king. His eyes went mad and he didn't even blink once. He was looking at the King, as a dangerous monster. But he hushed up the huge anger that was growing in his heart and spoke in a calm tone.
He said, "You will regret your decision, my king. I assure you that."
Yores left that day, with all his anger.
He knew his father wouldn't change his mind. So he made a deal with the most powerful lineage, the Apocalypse Lineage, to take the throne and by obtaining incredible power. And he started a rebellion.
Yores had killed his own father in front of his brothers and thrown each of his brothers into a dungeon. And after he took the throne, people in the Kingdom called him a nickname because of his evil reign. "The Ruthless King Yores." He had become an invincible beast as time went on. He had neither the nobility nor the honor left when he was a knight. He was just a king who took the lives of his people for his own enjoyment.
This continued for such a long time, until that day.
A wolf descendant, a person from one of the strongest lineage, challenged Yores.
It surprised everyone in the kingdom to see someone who could stand up to such a ruthless leader. His name was spoken everywhere, in newspapers, houses, and bars. Everyone started to know about him.
That person's name was Jiro. The strongest wolf descendant. Jiro was the most powerful person among his own lineage and other lineages. So that's why they called him "Alpha Prime."
Alpha Prime one day visited Yores, right in his castle.
He stood before him and said:
"The state of your kingdom seems rather messed up. Don't you think it's bad that you don't think about the state of your people? After all, they carry such valuable things to you and spoil you more."
"How brave of you to stand in front of me as a pathetic citizen. But I must tell you. I've already decided what kind of king I'm going to be the day I throw that old man off the throne. That's why I'm not going to take advice from a bug like you."
"So it's like that. Alright, I won't interrupt the king game that you are playing."
He then added,
"But it is enough with your evil ruling. It's time to put an end to the suffering of these people."
"Well, you should have known I'm the most powerful king in these lands. I don't give orders by hiding among others like other cowards."
"Then you can show me that power, can't you, Majesty?"
It was at that very moment, that the battle of Jiro and Yores had started. And it was going to be something life-changing for both of them.
Their battle continued for three days, being heard all over the continent and damaging an incredible area. It was a legendary battle that nobody had to courage to stop. It was the fight of two titans, who were the greatest in their own bloodline and kingdom.
Luckily, when the war was over, Yores went to the bottom of the dark waters. His reign was now over and Jiro had won. But unfortunately, the consequence that it left was so big, that Jiro paid the price with his life. So he died from his severe wounds. That day, right on the battlefield.
And since their war, the entire continent has been divided into five.
The king's children had agreed among themselves, and each of them was divided into parts of the continent, and thus five kingdoms were born.
-EIGHTEEN YEARS LATER-
(First Kingdom, The Proun village)
"You can not hide. You. Know. That."
That made me jump out of my bed. I was now heavily breathing because of what I saw. My back was sweating like an animal. I didn't know what did I see in my dream, but it was sure horrifying.
Then I realized that I was still in my room. Like other days, today started with a nightmare.
When I was about to get out of bed, my uncle came and asked how I was.
"Did you have the same nightmare again, Ryuu?"
"Yes, as always." I replied while wiping my sweat with my hand.
Even though I've seen this nightmare every time, I've never understood it, I was being chased over and over again every time. But by what? It didn't look like a monster, but it didn't look like a person either.
*I think it's going to stay in my head for a while.* I thought.
Then my uncle approached me with a glass of water in his hand, and said,
"Here, drink some water."
Then he added,
"Are you feeling better now?"
"Yeah, I'm better."
Maybe I wasn't psychically in pain, but mentally it wasn't getting out of my head.
"Good, we have to go down to the square with you today, remember, we'll get something for the farm." He said while getting ready.
"All right, Uncle, I'll get ready" I replied, getting out of my bed to wear my clothes.
As I prepared and left the room, my uncle handed me a black cape,
"Don't forget to wear this."
It was one of those long black capes that covered a person's back and head and used to hide people. But I didn't understand why we would need such a thing and why he handed me this.
"Why do I have to wear this?" I asked with confusion.
"The whole village complains a little about your clumsiness, so it would be better if you didn't show up."
Clumsiness? What have I done?
"I don't think I'm that clumsy."
"Oh is that so? Do you remember last week?"
"When we visited the village?"
"Yes, that's right. But I'm talking about the time you almost burned the village. And the week before that you let the horses escape, and the week before that....."
"Okay, okay. I understand. I'll wear this."
"Good, I'll wait for you at the door."
It was kind of embarrassing and annoying to be reminded of what you've done. And especially when I didn't even remember what exactly happened. It looked like I had more things than I imagined.
But not thinking more about it, I caught up to my uncle and got on the horse-drawn carriage with him to travel.
It took us about thirty minutes of traveling and chatting a little. But we managed to reach the square of the village towards noon. And the good part was, the markets were crowded as usual and a lot of festivities were organized.
"Why are there so many festivals today?"
"Today is the 18th anniversary of the Kingdom's founding, they are probably preparing things for that."
Then I pointed to people dancing in the middle of the city with my finger, and asked,
"And what are they doing over there?"
"They dance in the middle of the city to celebrate. It's some kind of appreciation and It's usually something couples do."
"Well, when you were young, would you come here as a couple with somebody?
My uncle seemed that be a little annoyed with my question.
*Sigh* "I guess I shouldn't have brought you."
He then looked at me, and added,
"I have a little bit of work. Buy some apples from here, I will meet you later in the square."
It wasn't far away from here since we didn't come here walking. And I thought it would be better to leave him alone after my question.
"Ok, I'll take care of it." I said.
Then I quickly got out of the carriage and started walking. My uncle quickly rode away from me and went to gather some things before we went home.
"At least I tried it."
Now I was alone. I've been walking through all the vendors, looking for things that interest me. dec. Some of the stands had different candies and sweets, some had award-winning contests, and some had items for sale. It was like a normal festival, but it was many times and many times larger than usual. It was obvious that a large part of the kingdom was celebrating this.
But just then I was passing by, I noticed something in the marketplace. Some people had gathered, watching an event in fear. They were looking at something that made them terrified.
It was a man. But a troubled type. He was beating an innocent man in front of everyone.
"You still haven't paid what you owe me, you scum."
"I'm sorry! I promise I will pay you back soon enough!"
"I'm sick of your lies!"
I waited that someone would stop him and get him on the ground. But to my shock nobody did something. They were shocked too. They were terrified. But to stop it, they did nothing. Nobody was speaking about it nor they were acting.
It was a disgusting view.
I wanted to do something. I wanted to help him since others didn't. But I realized that I was too scared too. I couldn't move. I was going to stop him, but I didn't know how I could. Fear had already taken over me. And now, I was shaking.
"You should have thought about that from the very beginning!" The man shouted once more before punching the other innocent man.
"I beg you! Please stop! It's my fault, give me one more chance!"
But then I realized something else too. Yes, it was scary. But the anger that grew in me was just as big as my fear. I knew I was scared but now my body was shaking with anger. It appeared inside me, then it took over my whole body.
"Stop now! If you continue like this, you will kill him!" I shouted.
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