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Westridge The mountainous region ruled by House Harrowmont, noted for treacherous roads, snowwine, ghost tales, fabled mines and ruined fortresses. Elonian raids are tearing at the peace of the land.
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Old 11-13-2015, 12:41 AM   #1
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Exclamation 4.17 afternoon, Kingsroad. || GAME EVENT || EVERYONE.

Three days of rain have slowed the procession to a crawl. The roads have dissolved into muck, wagons and coaches have mired in mud over and over again. The previous night, some pavilions could not be erected as the tent stakes did not go deep enough to find solid ground. Sleeplessness and pervasive damp are chilling spirits and flesh as the group continues slogging through the mess.

The usual order of the procession is falling into disarray as wagons and wheelhouses stick in the mud and horses too sometimes stumble but progress is being made. Not enough: They are now two days worth of travel behind their goal and six days' journey will be likely be eight... if not more.

After an abbreviated noon break, the procession begins crossing the bridge over the southward-rushing Red River. Beyond the bridge, the road is one of the Old Asseryan make and the pavement holds up better in bad weather- the travel becomes somewhat easier.

The exhaustion of the day catches up as the sun sinks lower. The road winds through scattered woods and down a slight valley and many feet are heavy- not just men but horses are worn and tired, ready for the evening break when the first arrow sinks into the side of a wheelhouse in the middle of the procession.

The outlaws pour out of the woods, aiming at the middle of the column- where protection has become weakest as many hands go back to help the wagons and wheelhouses that have fallen behind over the course of the day and cutting the column in two to more easily grab what they want and flee as the sun sets. They purposely avoid the Mondragon contingent at the back of the line and the Harrowmonts at the front, and focus instead on the nobles less familiar with the area.

Two dozen men, half of them mounted on study mountain horses and ponies (meant to cover the harsh, uneven terrain of the foothills and mountains) rush out. Some few are armed in rag-tag armor and chain mail, none of it new. Many have swords of varying quality but most carry staves topped with blades, maces, even sharpened deer antlers as their primary weapons. They burst through the sparse men-at-arms, their goal set as plunder and riches whether it's coin, plate, jewels or costly fabric, wine or food. A few archers hang back in the woods, using the cover of the shadowy foliage to pick off knights or other fighters.

For those trying to run, they can either run ahead along the road or back behind as the bandits converge from both sides of the road.

This will be a quick but brutal raid: anything they can get, they will take and flee. If they have to hack whatever valuable it is off a noble's body or carve their way through someone else to get to it, that's perfectly fine by them. Once they've grabbed and the knights and men-at-arms start converging and regrouping, the bandits flee back into the bush and the deepening twilight.

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Kain was dealing with a couple forward scouts when the arrows started. One of the scouts went down without even screaming, slumping forward between one breath and the next with an arrow sprouting out of his throat. Tris grabbed Kain's arm to pull him back but Kain shrugged the boy off. "Get to the king!"

He ran toward Marc and his horse, mounting up and yelling for the sarjeants though they were all competent enough to start calling for the defenses on their own. He spurred the horse to try to get back to the main column where his kin remained. The supplies were probably the target, those were at the far back... but ransoms? Always a bonus... Those thoughts spun wildly in his mind as he cursed at someone who'd gotten in his horse's way. Kain dealt the man a kick to the jaw, not caring if it was friend or foe--it wasn't a nobleman's head so what did it matter?--and spurring on.
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Lucia had a sick feeling in her stomach, but she'd not once considered it some sign of impending misfortune. If anything, she'd suspected it had to do more with the constant moving about... For her, there'd been little warning to flee or hide... She'd been right in the middle of the line, or at least close to right in the middle... She saw the bandits pouring out in front of her, two horses ahead, one horse ahead... She tugged at the reins and pulled her own around to try to find one of her cousins, or a guard... Anybody... And that's when she was struck by a fierce and sudden pain...

It was the sound that was more a shock at first... The loudness convinced her it'd been a blow that would lay her low. Her vision darkened around the edges, and she turned her head to look... She's not sure what she saw... Only that she was hit again, right across her eye, and she was falling from her horse, landing on the ground with a pathetic cry...
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Old 11-13-2015, 01:12 AM   #4
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Rothgar's legs and back ached. His shoulder throbbed too, letting him know in case he'd missed it that the air was damp and chilly. It was kind of old wounds to be so thoughtful. He snorted at some remark Velasco made- whatever it was he forgot it before he could reply as horns rang out: Attack. He heard it before he saw, somehow even the solid thump of arrows hitting flesh and wood was more distant for he turned to see men running and horses galloping out of the trees, appearing like wraiths of a war long gone...

Aches forgotten, he wheeled his horse around and yelled for his hammer. To hell with a sword for this mess. The sheer, bloody balls of some villains... Only the did the screaming hit him. Women, youths: this wasn't the old days, wasn't a war party... "Get the girls! GET ALIANOR." He yelled to his Crownsguard. Who else? Who was with them? Lenore, and Kadreth's girls... Melantha and the Solvitreo brats... Attericus' daughter... Salindra... Hells...
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Nightmares were real. She was in one.

Just like last time, but there were more people. Why would they do this with so many people?!

Parissa saw the men in the trees before she heard the horns. Her heart stopped. She told herself for three desperate heartbeats it was just her imagination and the nerves... And then Ausla turned and there was an arrow in her side and black-red stains blooming on her wool dress. Parissa didn't have time to scream before Gaiseric grabbed her horse's reins and forced her head to turn to him. "Down! GET DOWN!" But it was too late: men were there and Gaiseric's sword came out and he was fighting... Metal clashed like a tourney, but the sounds were those of the arena: grunting and howling, meat and misery. The guard pushed a dagger in her hand and she almost told him she already had one but then, two daggers were better so she gave him thanks instead. She turned to see to Ausla but her lady-in-waiting was gone in the melee, lost in the too-tall crowd of men and knights and horses' legs... Her friends. Her cousins. Where were they? Where was her husband? Alaric?
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Old 11-13-2015, 01:35 AM   #6
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Jason had been speaking with Kellan. The much needed and long awaited conversation he'd been meaning to have with him since his injuries in Mirrormount. And it did seem, at least, that he was being heard. For his cousin's part, he at least did not seem near so drunk as usual. And perhaps that was a good thing... Jason heard the horns, his hand immediately going to his sword at his belt. Then he looked back around at the telling sound of wind being cut... The arrow manage to miss his leg by a few inches, but it buried deep in his horse.

His hand gripped the reins hard as Benedict came back on his hindquarters, and his feet pushed hard against the stirrups so he would not be thrown. Kellan's sword was already out, his eyes wide, and he reached out to grab Jason by the collar. "Get off!" he shouted, a mixture of anger and fear coloring his voice.

Jason felt it before it could be seen. The way his horse began to lean in one direction... And his arm shot out to grab Kellan's, using that to help spring himself out of the stirrups, refusing to relive what happened in the sands... With the help of his cousin, he was off the horse, managing to not completely fall for being held up. He drew his blade once he caught his feet only to turn and see a horse in his way. Jackson had ridden to give him cover...

"Fucking hells," Kellan cursed. "Lenore? Where the fuck is Lenore?"

Jason drew his sword and glanced back towards Rhaegar, making sure he was still there and not felled by some unlucky arrow. Assured of that, he made for the opening between Kellan's horse and Jackson's. He heard Kellan hiss his name again, but Jason's mind was elsewhere. "Forward! Regroup with the Harrowmont guards!" he shouted to any guard who could hear his voice. They'd have to work their way towards the center and the Harrowmonts were their best chance of that. Hopefully the Mondragons knew well enough to make their way towards the center as well. Jackson began to clear a path for him, and one of the guard dismounted to give Jason their horse... He pulled himself up quickly only to have a bandit rush out on the unguarded side... With a swing of his sword, Jason caught him across the chest, sending him back. Without sparing a glance, he urged the horse forward after Jackson.
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Old 11-13-2015, 01:37 AM   #7
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Carolei hated Westridge. And traveling in Westridge. In fact, if she never once bothered going near the border, she'd be happier the rest of her days for it. Despite her beautiful blue wool being sensibly thick and water repellent, even it had limits and the damp simply clung- her chemise was strangely clingy beneath the dress, her hair was wet, her skin was damp. Everything was spattered if not outright coated in mud, from her horse's hooves up to the hem of her dress.

And one of the princess's wagons was still stuck in the mud, meaning Carolei was stuck with it until it got prized loose... Which was a problem, as it turned out, because of course the bandits would attack when she was sitting here amid the valuables.

Arrows flew and Carolei practically launched herself off her horse and down behind the wagon, praying the guards would get this taken care of swiftly... Just about the time some madman wielding antlers ran past, howling in some incomprehensible mountain gibberish.
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An ambush. And one that had slipped the Harrowmont scouts... Rhaegar didn't dismount but drew his blade. Most of his men were in the back, helping with the wagons. Olyvar at least remained at his side, and the boy was already on the ground with a pike in his hand.

Rhaegar rode toward the prince, joining Jackson and a Crownsguard. "Prince, we should get you clear of this." He said it as purely form, knowing full well the prince wouldn't heed the advice: an attack on the royal party would be met with swords, not retreat. "Or get to your father." And where the hells was Elinor? That thought too concerned him, but he'd left a guard with her. Hopefully that would be enough...
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He'd been riding close with Zanara, his servant trailing not far behind. It'd been pleasant enough, the journey, though he knew there were others who were ready to put all the traveling behind them. It was not the worst trip he'd been a part of. And even after he heard the horns and the unmistakable sounds of a battle, he still thought that to be true. There was only one thing different about this particular journey compared to the others. His hand reached out to take hold of her reins to pull her horse closer. "Stay by my side," he said, reaching for his sword with his other hand. "Come. Towards the king." That's where the guards would be. It was the safest place. And they weren't so far off.
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Jacen was in the rear of the column with his men, dealing with more of the endless numbers of wagons stuck and wheels broken... cartwrights were making a fortune on this trip. And so were bandit lords from the sound of things...

He straightened up from where he and two others were digging a wheel out of a break in the Asseryan-era paving stones: outlaws had found them And a hell of a force... dozens of men were running out of the woods--some riding-- and arrows were flying...

A trained attacker, then...

"My lord!!" One of the serjeants yelled and Jason signalled him. "Protect the supplies!" The nobles could flee, their wagons couldn't. And the knights would soon enough be cutting down peasant outlaws that didn't strike and run fast enough. This would likely be their aim...

The screams from up ahead shuttered that thought. Jacen swore but didn't change his orders- instead he yelled for the knights' who'd accompanied him.
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Bryce snarled and moved his horse closer towards the king, diverting a little off his path to come upon a bandit who was desperately trying to saw a ring off of a dead body... He heard the approaching beat of the hooves on the ground, and stood, but did not decide to flee or fight fast enough. Bryce swung hard, and the man only had enough time to try dodging out of the way... The blade still cut through flesh... Even through bone... Bryce looked back to see the man writhing and howling, looking at where his arm used to be. Good. He'd bleed out... Not a slow death, but still an unpleasant one.

"Where is she?" Bryce asked as he came upon his brother, having heard his shout. "Where was she?" He looked around trying to spot the familiar head of blonde hair. So many fucking blondes.
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Natalia had lost sight of Alianor, but was desperate trying to find her. She was on foot, pausing only to part her split skirt so she could retrieve her dagger. When her eyes finally fell on the princess, she began towards her only to have a large hand close around her wrist, tugging her back. She cried out, eyes widening as the man reached for the necklace she wore around her neck. She let him rip it off without a struggle, but when he lifted his weapon, she struck, catching him by surprise. The blade cut his throat deep, and she turned her head, closing her eyes to prevent the spray from blinding her. Shoving herself away, she ran, wiping her face.

"Princess!" she cried, trying to catch up to her.
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The Crowsguard were in a rough circle, with other knights and men-at-arms. They let his brother through and Rotghar noted the gore running down Bryce's sword. "I don't know. Behind me...? I sent Uriel. Her guards should--"

Uriel was the one through the circle this time, and Rothgar's voice stopped. Alianor, limp and pale in the guard's arms, one sleeve of her green dress turning black with blood...

"Get the HEALER!" Rothgar roared the word a second before he lost all patience and rode forward, entirely lost on the idea of either waiting out this battle or remaining protected. He broke past his own guard and slammed his warhammer across some arm holding a rough-hewn stave.

One of Alianor's attendants ran toward him, and he recogonized Seyfert's girl despite the blood covering half her face. "Get here, girl! Behind the lines!" The king reached for her with one hand and turned, using the momentum to bring the hammer against another man's skull.
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Everybody was so much taller than she was, and one moment she saw her, the next she didn't. And so it went... Until somehow... Fuck! Natalia finally approached, only belated realizing it was the king speaking with her, and she took his hand, letting him pull her behind the line. She didn't drop the dagger, but she did go straight to Alianor's side, trying to see where the worst of it was. Her arm... Natalia used her dagger to cut a slit of cloth from her dress to wrap it around. She hadn't lifted the sleeve to examine the wound. The more cloth over it right now, the better... At least until they could get a healer. She tightened it and then stayed where she was, deciding to help the guard as his arms were occupied.
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Kalden made it a point to stay with Jason, but he let his cousin talk to his brother for the time being. He had a feeling anything he wanted to say would come out sounding rather cruel. Then, he heard the whoops and the cries of what sounded like warriors near the back of the line. "Lenore," he said, the color draining from his face. Yes, at the moment he hated his sister, but he did not wish to see her dead...

He rode toward the sounds, and once he came upon the men, he growled, and started swinging his sword. Hacking the hand off of one, sweeping the legs out from under another and stabbing him through the chest. But it was an attack from his right side which caught him off guard and sent him flying from his horse: a mountain man leaping on him and tackling him to the ground.

Then, the piercing of a deer antler into his chest. Fucking deer antler...Kalden's sword plunged into the man's heart with a roar of outrage...that sounded more like a wheeze. The lifeless body fell on top of him and he shoved it off. Couldn't get up...gods...couldn't breathe. Fuck...
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Jason only spared a glance at Rhaegar. He knew why he said it, but he still wished he hadn't. He looked ahead again, trying to catch sight of any Harrowmont at that point... Alaric, preferably, but Gaiseric would work just as well. And of course... his wife... She'd been with her brother. She would be safe with him. Or so he kept telling himself.

He leaned back when a bandit thrust a wooded stave towards him, and he reached up with his hand to rip it free from his grip. This brought the man close enough that Jason could cut him down, and holding on to the other weapon, he used it to hit another who was running up on Jackson's flank. It gave him reach... He would keep it. He glanced back around. He saw Varric, but he didn't see Saul... Likely the boy just got separated.
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Her eyes widened at the display going on. Couldn't they get through this progress unscathed? With just one thing going smoothly?

A sharp tug on her ankle made her shriek, and in her surprise, she kicked one of the bandits in the nose, the blood startling and stalling him for a moment, enough for her to quickly dismount and starting running. Salindra would go faster on foot. She lifted up her skirts, tried to avoid being trampled, and just ran away as fast as she could. Hoping to find...someone. Anyone.
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Elinor decided to attempt at keeping a distance from her sister. It seemed to be what Lucia wanted, but it did not mean that Elinor would move ahead or way behind having been somewhere in the middle as well when the bandits ambushed them.

Her horse was screaming and kicking up its legs, but being so close together with others in the caravan made it difficult to completely knock her off her horse which gave her some time to try to re-adjust and to stay upright. All the while, the loud cacophony of sound wrapped about them like a shroud and her guard was already fighting off two bandits that were making towards the wagon that was closest to her. As soon as she got her horse upright, she looked around for Lucia and not finding her on her horse made her panic and move ahead towards the middle where she was last seen. "LUCIA!!!" She screamed out as she urged her horse forward and found her horse, people pushing and shoving and fending off attacks.

She pulled up her skirts and removed the dagger she had in its sheath already feeling numb from the adrenaline. A crazed bandit knocked into her attempting to get to another wagon and she stabbed him several times before pushing him off his horse before she kept moving forward to see Lucia on the ground. "Gods, no..." She dismounted from her horse using it as a barrier from more bandits that were pouring into the middle. Her dagger was lost in the one she had just killed. Elinor attempted to pick up her upper half, locking her arms under Lucia's shoulders and dragging her unconscious sister towards some rocks and away from the panicked horses underfoot and bandits.

She got her a couple of feet away when something or someone grabbed ahold of her hair and pulled her backwards. Her arms came away from her sister to hold onto her hair which made her scalp feel as if it was set on fire. She heard someone screaming, herself as she struggled to be cut loose. Her nails dug into him as she heard words that she did not recognize being shouted out. Another bandit grabbed ahold of her and pulled her forward across his lap and kicked the haunches of his horse and started to break away from the caravan all the while Elinor attempted to push herself off and away from his horse before she felt the bandit punch her in the back of the head causing her to lose consciousness.
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What a time to quit drinking... Or smoking... Or imbibing in general... She was trying to find Melantha, Alianor, or any of the Solvitreos really. She had little worry for her husband. He was a warrior. He was made to survive things like this. The women...? Herself? Not so much. She was hurrying towards where the king was swinging that massive hammer, but somebody bumped into her, and she tripped over a body, hitting her knees hard, her chin slamming against the dirt. She cursed and turned, unhooking her ankles and legs from the body she'd stumbled over, and then paused, horrified. "Kalden?" He was dead. He was dead. He looked dead. No... he blinked.

"Kalden!" Alys dove towards him to try to push the massive body atop him off. That's when she saw the blood seeping through his doublet. She swore and then reached for her kerchief, shoving it against the wound just before she felt a sharp tug on her scalp. She screamed as she was hefted to her feet, and quickly she reached up to rip her earrings and her necklace off, offering them readily. "Take them! Take them! It's all I have, please!" she begged, her eyes wide with horror.

The man snatched them from her and then tossed her down... And she thought it was over until she turned, watched him shove them into his pocket, and then advance on her with his blade at the ready. Alys scrambled towards Kalden, towards where the man had dropped the bladed antlers, and she reached for them, sitting up quickly to shove it into his thigh. He howled in pain and kicked out, catching her cheek with his knee. Alys cried and fell, and she braced herself for the blow, but looked up to see the man spitting up blood... A guard had come upon him and had run him through with his sword.

She sent up a quick prayer and crawled back towards Kalden. "He... he needs a healer," she said, ignoring how her eye was swelling closed. "Kalden...? Can you breathe?"
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Everything happened so fast, first minute she was complaining about the damnable weather and the next moment there was screaming and shouting and ringing of metal against metal. Some how she had lost sight of Princess Alianor as the bandits came rushing in. She could not even find her sister who she knew was probably with Thane. There was nothing she could do as her horse kicked one of the men approaching it in the leg crushing it and knocking it with his body.

Another that was on the same level grabbed her attempting to pull off the jewelry that she decided to wear that day, but pulled her towards him inside noticing how fine her clothes were underneath the cloak she wore. She struggled and tipped him causing them to fall off of his horse, the bandit first and she used him as a shield to the ground crushing him with the fall and her own weight. The effect was still jarring as she growls and smashed the man's head against the ground over and over again.

She was breathing hard and her hands and clothes were bloodied and filthy with the mud already caking it as she attempted to pull herself away from the bandit and away from the horses. Another grabbed her pulling her to the ground and put his filthy arm about her neck into a choke hold. She panicked and struggled trying to get free only making her captor more determined to stop her from squirming as he half dragged and carried her while she tried to scream and find something to make the man break his grip on her so she would not be taken.
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"Can't...hard to breathe..." he wheezed out each breath...and he wanted to yell at her for being so stupid...why in the seven hells did she put herself in harm's way for the likes of him? Probably because he was a Vellfyre and she felt an obligation. That must have been it.
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Just when she had started to feel better, she was dragged along to the next town. Melantha's thoughts were a thousand leagues away as they rode along, not paying attention as stiffness set into her limbs. It was the order of the day, was it not? She still needed to address so many things, especially between her children. All of them, as she now had a few too many--

She blinked as an arrow flew past, and then shouts filled the air. Her horse, perhaps too tired, didn't shy but broke out of it's stupor long enough to speed up, and she pulled on the reins automatically. From hazy afternoon thoughts, suddenly everything sharpened into focus, and she was already reaching for her ladies as she slid from the horse. "Get to the guards!" she commanded, grabbing her fleeing retinue by arms and shoulders when they came within reach, then herding them towards where the guards were making a loose circle. She had been closer to the Mondragons towards the rear, and she could see several of the noblemen falling into line, so she shoved anyone she could into that grouping. The Mondragons were herding them towards the center, into a knot to be protected. She had to ensure that her children and the princesses were safe. Alianor had been riding far ahead of her, still avoiding her, so Melantha sent a fervent prayer that Rothgar and Bryce had their sister well protected.

"Lenore? Kellan?" She searched for both, as swords flashing all around them. Her broken arm was slowing her down, but she still had one arm free, and she pulled her horse around to shield more of her retinue as they moved toward the center. She could see Parissa, doubly protected by her brothers, but of Melantha's own daughter and her sons, they had been right there-

Kalden. It was a scream, and Melantha turned, feeling her heart leap into her throat as she spotted Alys. Letting go of the reins of the horse, she ignored it as it fled past her, instead fighting her way through screaming nobles and outlaws alike to reach her son. If she took blows, she didn't notice; arrows left furrows along her good arm and skimmed her forehead, but the small stings were nothing. There was a guard standing over where he and Alys were, but Melantha threw herself past him and onto her knees beside her son. "Kalden?" She put her hands to the wound, over Alys' own hands, to staunch the blood. "Oh, beloved boy, please hang on..."

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Old 11-14-2015, 03:02 AM   #23
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When the outlaws poured out of the forest, Alaric was already cursing himself for not paying attention. He had been wandering a bit ahead of his sister and his brother, his thoughts still on the Elonians and that plan ahead of them. He had let the future intrude on the present, forgetting his basic lessons as a soldier. Already drawing his sword, he wheeled his horse back towards his family, cutting down any mismatched brigand in his way.

"Not what I had in mind for going to war!" Alaric said to his brother, grimly, as he circled them, using both his sword arm and his horse to carve a path around Parissa and Gaiseric, so they could fall back towards the prince and the guards waiting. It made him a target, but even in peacetime he dressed for conflict and the chain under his tunic managed to keep any arrows from penetrating far enough to be noticed. He grabbed the shield off the back of his saddle where it had been fastened and used it opposite his sword arm.

"Mondragons are coming to us!" he yelled to Gaiseric, jerking his chin in the direction of the far end of the train, where the other group of guards was attempting to follow the prince's orders and pull to the center. He stood high in his stirrups, risking an arrow that thumped into the shield he raised just in time, so he could see the king and his goodbrother trying to work their way to him. "Get Pari to the prince!" he ordered Gaiseric, having to break away a moment to shove a booted foot into a filthy fighter who attempted to grab his leg to pull him down. It was a simple matter to slide the sword across his torso and under the shield, right into the man's throat. Ignoring the gurgling as the body fell away, Alaric scanned the battlefield once more.

A blonde head, hair trailing along the flanks of a horse. One of the Vellfyres? "Shit!" he cursed, having to move away from his sister long enough to see. Who was free to chase her down? "VAYTH!" he yelled, already setting his horse in the direction of the theif, but those in the kingsguard were closer...
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The forward lines buckled as Zanara watched. A thousand droning lectures from her tutors and brothers flew through her mind. Thane adjusted to the attack more easily--of course-- but she didn't offer any argument. Of the two of them, only one had survived an attack before. Zanara tugged her veil off and yanked up her hood. There was little obvious metal on her aside from the embroidery on the veil but she knew there'd be no mistaking her for a commoner.

She leaned forward in the saddle, lowering herself to make less of a target on the horse's back but stayed mounted for the moment as they continued forward, heading for the king she presumed, though how anybody could tell anything after the initial shock and the chaos was beyond her.
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"Don't speak," Alys said, not as soft as she might have if they were not in the middle of chaos, but she had to be sure he heard her. "Focus on breathing..." She looked up as Melantha joined them. "I... I can go try to find Master Draven..." she suggested. "He was... near the wagon last I saw..." She took hold of Melantha's hand to replace her own and got to her feet. "I'll be quick," she promised before lifting her skirts to head in that direction.
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He was with Prince Bryce when the attack began. Jeharraz smiled as he drew his sword and dismounted his horse. He shadowed the prince until they were with the king's men and within the circle of Crownsguard and Vellfyre soldiers. Princess Alianor came in a moment later, already bloodied.

"Prince, what are your orders?" He had to think before he said the words, making sure he spoke in Edolene. The shouts around them were a cacophony of meaningless noise to him. At his side, Jeharraz' squire Valens was already cursing his torn tunic as if that was a tragedy. Torren had vanished somewhere, Jeharraz assumed to kill someone annoying. He envied his companion but with luck he'd soon be joining him.
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Thane had to let go of the reins as their horses were more or less swarmed either by bandits or people fleeing from them. He was not concerned who was friend or foe... He only was concerned with keeping people away from their horses. Two men came to the side and he drove his sword into one while the other managed to take hold of his leg... and pull... Thane made sure to fall with the bulk of his weight on the attacker, taking him down with him and shoving his elbow into his throat. His other hand reached for his wrist, pinning it down so he could not lift his sword against him, and, pressing himself forward until he felt something give in his throat and the man spat blood and choked. "Keep riding!" he'd shouted, hoping Zanara had already thought to keep doing just that... but just in case.
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Bryce's eyes could not look away from Alianor for what felt like too long... And it was Jeharraz's voice that finally brought him back to the battle. Readying his sword again, he turned his horse and looked out ahead. "I need to find my son..." He urged his horse on. "Kill anybody who tries to stop us... Those are your orders," he called back.
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Parissa found Gaiseric tugging her in one direction or another- she couldn't have said which way was forward now. She looked up in mixed horror and adoration at Alaric as an arrow hit his shield.

Gaiseric nodded at his brother's order. "Come on, little sister." Whatever else he might have said was inturrupted a pair of the marauders roared past, driving a wagon and whipping the horses to go as fast as they could. Parissa screamed as the entire group of Harrowmonts dove aside and scrambled to get out of the way. She hit the ground and rolled, sliding in muck and blood-soaked mud, landing against somebody's chest- only the somebody wasn't moving and part of his head was caved in. One of Gaiseric's men dragged her up from the drainage ditch and got her onto her feet and they started again.
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He moved around to the prince's side, swearing as he did so. Too many men were coming at them: the vanguard, meant to distract while the others smashed supply wagons and pilfered them...

"Prince, we should get men to the back," Rhaegar growled as Jason finished off the latest idiot. "They're keeping us busy while they hit the supplies and the tax-wagon. It's what I'd do."
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