FOOLED: Chapter 1
I must learn to love the fool in me - the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks
self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries.
- Theodore Isaac Rubin
In the Year of Our Lord 1496, in the twenty-fourth year of the blessed reign of King Umberto of Valona, the Outsiders came from nowhere, and waged war on the beautiful city.
The official historical documents, long covered with dust deep in the castle archives, revealed that there had been attacks on Valona before. As a kingdom of great wealth and rich history, there was no wonder it needed to be defended. But those other attacks, like the ones started by the neighboring city-states, whose soldiers travelled for months over the eastern mountains only to be fought back within a week; or the ones from the west, when troops