Anyhow, I hope you enjoy your read.
The Elder One continues to slumber, deep beneath the ruins of a once mighty kingdom.
But he won't sleep forever.
TAGS: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mature, Tragedy. *Figured id put this up here since the one below is easy to miss.*
Prologue: A New Light. ( Part 1 )
As the morning light fled from heavens grasp, a pair of sand swallows began to stir within their nest. As if willed by the desert itself the pair began to sing. Their song seemed to dance on the very wind itself, as it slowly enveloped the ruins of a once mighty kingdom. As if to flaunt their musical prowess, unaware of the danger that lies below their lovely abode.
South of the ruins, in the midst of the shifting sands stands a village long since forgotten by the whimsical spirit known as time.
However, it is not void of life. It is the last remaining village of a tribe of people known as the Kuh.
In this village forgotten by time itself our story begins.
A gentle wind blew over the town bringing momentary relief from the blistering heat. Sandstone structures made up the entirety of the village. The village was split into three parts.
The Inner Ring, Middle Ring, and the Outer Ring.
In the morning hours of the inner ring, a whole assortment of shops could be seen setting up for the day. Food stalls lined the heavily traveled sections of the inner ring, prepping their ingredients, cleaning meat. The blacksmith’s apprentice could be seen shoveling coal into the forge in an attempt to rouse the embers from their slumber.
Tailors could be seen putting new products on display, as leather workers busily skinned hides preparing them to be tanned.
The middle ring, made up the housing and storage area of the village. The size of your home was not determined by your rank, wealth or fame within the village. But by the size of your family, a family of ten or more would live in a large house, five or more would be in a medium sized house, and three or more would be in a small sized house.
This was done to encourage villagers to have more children.
The outer ring, acted as the shield and military section of the village. Warriors would be stationed and trained in the outer ring. A wall no more than 25 feet in height and 5 feet in width could be seen encircling the entire vicinity of the village.
In the middle ring, screaming could be heard as it reverberated out onto the street. Not the screams of war, or the mourning of a loved one, but the birth of a new light.
The squeak of a wooden door could be heard among the screaming as it slowly opened.
The voice that followed seemed nervous and unsure of what to do “Honey are you alright?”. A tall and well build man in his late thirties stood almost hiding behind the door as he stuck out his head to look at the scene transpiring before him.
Charcoal colored hair drooped down in front of his face, barely covering his purple colored eyes tinged with worry.
Hearing the sudden noise suddenly a birth maid glanced over to the doorway. She looked him directly in the eyes before sighing in frustration.
“For the last time will someone keep him out of the room!” She shouted.
Soon a hand appeared on the shoulder of the man.
“Rai, you should know better than to bother them during this time.” A old man with withered white hair said as he fiddled with his beard.
“I-i know but it normally doesn’t take this long!” Rai said in protest, clearly unnerved by the long childbirth.
“Rai, nothing can always be the same.” The old man said as he slowly moved Rai back into the hallway.
“Push harder! I can almost see the head!” One birth maid said as words of encouragement.
As the screaming intensified, the already unnerved Rai began to pace back and forth.
“Is she going to be alright?” Rai asked nervously, he might be the leader of the clan, and the strongest warrior. But before childbirth he is completely unable to help his wife.
“Don’t worry she’ll be fine.” The old man said as he continued to fiddle with his white beard.
“I hope you’re right Rakhi, I really do.” Rai said biting his lip in frustration.
“Your almost there!” All the birth maids said in unison. This has been the longest childbirth any of them had ever experienced.
Soon quiet cry could be heard as it echoed throughout the room.
“It’s a boy!” One of the birth maids said as she smiled, slowly lifting up the newborn before showing him to his mother. As she began to gently wrap him in a soft white cloth.
“And he sounds healthy.” Another one commented.
A weak voice could be heard, as if it was but a mere whisper. “Let me see him.”
Walking carefully to the edge of the bed, the birth maid slowly handed the newborn to his mother’s loving embrace.
The weak voice called out again, though still weak, it was filled with love.
“Hello my little Kou, you have no idea how long I’ve wanted to meet you for.” she said as tears formed near the corner of her eyes.
The weak voice called out again.
“Go get that useless Rai of mine to come see his son.”
“Right away madame Rii.” all of the birth maids replied in unison.
*Edit: Part 2 will be below, apparently it was too long, so each time I edited it I kept getting errors. *