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The Matriarch Dolori Valda was standing beneath the largest of the five rolling hills by the curving river, looking up at the stone altar on top of it and the meandering path of slate steps leading up to the crest. The sky was overcast, bulbous gray clouds chasing across the sky and the wind was howling through the trees, tearing off the last of the leaves from the season gone by, grabbing her ox-blood red leather cloak and making it bulge out behind her, pushing strands of ginger hair in her face and tearing her eyes.
Or was it really the wind tearing her eyes? Wasn't it really the aching loss she already felt, even before the terrible event itself? When the agony shot through her form once more, contracting her chest, she grabbed the shoulder of Allona hard.
"Ai, mummy, it hurts," the five year old was protesting.
"I'm sorry," Dolori murmured without taking her eyes from the altar, she didn't dare to face her daughter out of fear that she would change her mind. That she would
2. Roadside RobberyIt was already far into the dusk hours when Tulavia exited the tunnel, brushing dirt from her clothes and breathing in greedily of the first lungfuls of fresh air in hours as it was now. A light snowfall was powdering the grass and a bit to the north-east the Steel Knight could hear the motions of the enemy army as it kept on laying siege to the city of Sarentakar. What she needed now was a horse, after all it was quite a bit to Tinmaroth and the headquarters of the Steel Knights. Thus she started to backtrack to the enemy forces, with stealing a stead in her mind.More Like This
It didn't take her long to sneak through the brush thickets and ascend the minor hill where the Solharans and Khorakans were assembled. Large fires were burning in the night and around them men and women were gathered, eating, drinking, talking and singing. It appeared, Tulavia thought, that they thought themselves invincible. And by the Demiurge, how she wanted to prove them wrong. The damn infidels and their blasted god! S