"Indeed. Anyways, gentlemen, it appears we are approaching Lokirstratem." In front of them is a large walled city, the biggest in Addunheim.
"It's a lot more ugly from the inside, believe me."
"Most likely." As the 2 approach the city, Celendil gives a signal and the gates are opened by the city guard. They stride into the city, with many eyeing Mikel's strange clothing.
"You speak oddly Psunami. Your room is down the hall as well. If you need me, I'll be in the main hall."
"Judging by the looks, i'm guessing your people haven't seen a Fernusi in person?"
"I bet most of these peasants don't even know who a Fernusi is." The 2 ride their way up to the palace, where they dismount and greeted by none other than King Matthias himself.
"Celendil. You were quick in your return and it seems that you've brought a friend along with you." Says Matthias.
"His name is Lord Mikel, he's a Fernusi noblemen." Responds Celendil.
"Never thought i'd meet the king of our noble friends. I'm here to better understand your people your majesty, and perhaps make your people see that we're not all warmongering slavers."
"That is good to here. Come, both of you." Matthias leads the 2 into the palace.
"Forgive me if I seem a down, I'm still in mourning of a dear friend who died in a hunting accident not too recently. He was also my marshall." Says Matthias.
"Speaking of which, has Lord Marinus arrived yet?" Asks Celendil.
"Yes he arrived just this morning." Replies Matthias.
"Wonderful." Says Celendil.
The 2 are lead into the hall where Mikel is given a seat. Matthias departs the 2 as he has important matters to attend.
"If you need anything else Mikel just ask and someone will see to it. I myself must speak with the new marshall Lord Marinus. I do hope you stay for a few more days, it has been a wonder conversing with you." Says Celendil, who then leaves.
Jan Marinus III: Thalen and Celendil
Jan Marinus stood with Thalen in the training ground of the palace of Lokirstratem. The 2 had just met but Matthias insisted that they begin their training now. The boy was still only 14 years old, he had dark brown hair and blue eyes, just like his father. Unlike Matthias, however, Thalen was thinner but he was already quite tall for his age. For the past 30 minutes or so, the 2 had been focusing on parrying. Jan attacked while Thalen defended, attempting to parry every move. Unfortunately for Jan, it only took just a few hits for Thalen to be knocked down. He sighed, just as he had sighed while training his soldiers near Highstone, it was going to take a lot more to make a fighter out of him.
"Again." Said Marinus, as he helped Thalen up from an unsuccessful parry.
"Focus, Thalen. If you were in the thick of battle and you get distracted for even a second it will spell doom for your life. Focus on only your opponent." Thalen picked up his wooden sword and the 2 began fighting once again. This time the young boy did remarkably better, holding his own for almost a minute, until suddenly his eyes diverted to the right and he lost track of Jan Marinus who easily landed a blow on the chest, knocking him down.
"You got distracted." Said Jan Marinus, looking to his right and noticing a man with dark black hair sitting on a bench. He pulled Thalen back up and they resumed their training until the church bells rang.
"We will resume our lessons tomorrow. You really need to learn not to get distracted." Said Jan. As Thalen scurried off, he began walking back to his quarters only to be interrupted by the man with the black hair who rose from the bench and began speaking.
"Lord Marinus." Said the man.
"Lord Illyrius." Replied Jan.
"It is an honour to welcome you to Lokirstratem, the city is made brighter by your presence." Said the lord.
"Why thank you, Lord Illyrius. It's an honour to meet you too. I do believe this is the first time we have met, no?" Chuckled Jan.
"I believe so, though I do remember seeing you during the meeting of the Conclave that dismissed Stefan II, along with Matthias' coronation." Responded Illyrius.
"Yes, I do recall seeing you as well. You were one of the few nobles who voted no during the proposal to dismiss Stefan II, weren't you?" Asked Jan. The lord's smile quickly vanished.
"Yes, I did and for good reason. Stefan's reign benefited my estates, especially the ones near the Dotalus River." Replies Illyrius, who smiled once again.
"Of course, the infamous tax on the Whispering Creek. It must've made you filthy rich." Said Jan.
"Indeed, Lord Marinus. Anyways, it appears you are to be Sigmarr's replacement as Marshall of Addunheim. I am glad, I always have been eying your martial talents." Said Illyrius.
"Do you often eye people, Celendil?" Asked Jan, who was clearly growing tired of the man. The fact that he called Celendil by his first name without using the title of lord angered the man.
"Careful with your words, Lord Marinus. A slow mind here will get you killed." Responded Celendil.
"It's rare to find a man who lives up to his reputation. Celendil Illyrius, the noble who started from nothing and ended up one of the most powerful men in Addunheim through cunning and wit." Said Jan, who wasn't taking Celendil's threat.
"And it's a disappointment to find a man who doesn't." Replied Celendil, who soon left.
The main problem that I had was when the app converted Balticonia's map into a Wonderdraft map, it mistook the mountains for water so I was left with specks of water all over the map, which I had to remove and then replace with mountains by looking at Balticonia's map and adding the mountains as accurately as possible. In version 2, I will instead trace over the specks with the mountains, so that accuaracy won't be a problem. Instead of using blank mountains that turn to whatever colour you paint them with, such as the red mountains in Til-Gur, I will use the already coloured mountains, to hopefully make it look better. Version 2 will be better than this one.