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The Far Road -- Chapter OneCHAPTER ONEThe Far Road -- Chapter One by ~Doodemoiidesu
For many years, nearly two generations, the seasons came and went and the pattern of life in Sumar was calm. Save that the hulking beasts were put more and more to field. And they were quicker—more sleek than before, though their breath was still black as unfriendly cloud. Fewer soldiers were sent to tend the land and fewer still to the Ealdfields. That was a name little remembered. The Great City became rich in food, though it did not flow to every table. As for battles, there had been few to speak of within the borders of Sumar. Along the farthest territories, especially to the east, some felt that peace was balanced more precariously than in years past. There was tension, however subtle. It did not reach the ears of those in the Great City. There was rumor, nevertheless, that a council of many nations would take place soon.
“There are odd folk about,” said a soldier as he rested his arms on the tabletop. His companions rolled their eyes. The room was di
The Far Road -- ProloguePROLOGUEThe Far Road -- Prologue by ~Doodemoiidesu
In ages agone, no nation could rival Sumar. In ages present, their majesty was diminished. Spires, which stood perched against the stone and rock of mountains behind it, had been built in those times of greater glory. The walls of its greatest city were tall, lined with graceful parapets, and long splendid streets. Its design was skillful, both strong and pleasing to sight. There were towers and deep, wide halls beyond enumeration. No such lofty constructions had been achieved for ages since. But they remained powerful still in their decay.
Even now Arden held mastery over all of the lower and middle kingdoms – as capital of the Summertime lands within and without Sumar. Only once in their written records, the lands to their east had challenged them, and had grown strong and formidable themselves. These lands did not in truth lie due east, nor were they in any direction but those assigned in relation to the compass as placed on their map. Their challengers may have lay i