Year 3397. - Dinner Party -1
Most of the ruling classes, such as nobles or politicians, were invited to this kind dinner party at palace once in a while. Tonight, the party was organized by [Head Liners], so there was none of nobles or politicians in [Control Faction] had invited to this party. Instead of them, there...
Most of the ruling classes, such as nobles or politicians, were invited to this kind dinner party at palace once in a while. Tonight, the party was organized by [Head Liners], so there was none of nobles or politicians in [Control Faction] had invited to this party. Instead of them, there were some military officers were invited. Evarist, with Izac, was invited also. “What a rich dinner, huh? We're in a war, aren't we?” Izac was complaining while he was devouring foods. “You can think whatever you want. Just don't speak out, Lieutenant Osvaldo.” Someone warned Izac from his back. “Well I speak what I want to speak, sir...” Izac responded to warning with rude attitude. He thought that someone who warned him was either Evarist or some politicians who he does not even know the face. He found General Schidor standing, with wine glass in his hand, when he turned around. “Oops... Please excuse me, sir.” General Schidor seemed that he did not care about Izac's rude attitude. “Well, this is a fun party. Why don't you enjoy yourself more, Lieutenant Osvaldo?” General Schidor said to Izac. “I am enjoying this wonderful dinner, sir. However, I would be having more fun in battle field.” Izac was smiling when he said that. “Ha-ha. That's nice...By the way; do you know where Major Waltz is?” To answer General's question, Izac pointed his fork with a wry smile, to direction where Evarist should be. General turned his head to that direction, and then he found Evarist dancing with some young lady. “Ah, I see. Nice step huh?” General laughed. Unlike other military officers, Evarist leaded his partner with his elegant steps. Around of Evarist, there was group of young ladies waiting their turn to dance with him. These ladies seemed that all of them were daughter of powerful politicians. Perhaps these young ladies wanted to introduce themselves to handsome young hero with a promising future. “Mr. Waltz! May I dance with you?” “No! It's my turn next!” “No way!” Ladies started to surround Evarist when he finished dancing, and they had blocked General's way. General clapped his hand to drag their attention, and started to talk. “I am sorry ladies. Please excuse me to borrow Major Waltz for a while.” “You are not excused, sir!!!” Unified voice denied General. “Please excuse me ladies, I'll be back soon.” Evarist smiled gently to ladies to help General Schidor. “Well, it seems my status of General does not mean anything to those young ladies, huh?” General said to Evarist after walking away from young ladies. “These young ladies just likes popular person, sir.” Evarist responded. General laughed once and said to Evarist in serious tone. “Follow me Major. Some [lady] wants to see you.” Both of them got out from party room and started to walk in hallway. There was young beautiful lady sitting on magnificent chair. Her noble figure was totally different from young ladies in party room. Empress Alicetaria, speaker of [Immortal Emperor], and also the icon of Empire, was sitting in front of Evarist. If there was dominate power in this Empire, it will be under her name. Evarist knelt down and saluted to empress. Empress Alicetaria stood up from chair and walked to in front of Evarist. Evarist kissed her hand and stood up, and then said, “It is my honor to see Your Majesty.” “I heard your great efforts in front line. I am proud of you.” Empress gave her word to Evarist. “I thank Your Majesty. All of my men worked hard for my efforts. I am proud of them.” Empress Alicetaria looked much younger than her portrait. Her eyes had mysterious lights of both tenderness and coldness. There were only two of them after general Schidor stepped out of the room quietly./ “You look strained, Evarist. Just two of us are here. I allow you to speak normally.” Empress smiled to Evarist. “I thank you for your kindness...I never imagined meet you in this room.” As the empress said, Evarist did not feel any signs of empress guards. The empress laughed gracefully and responded to Evarist. “I'll be wherever I want to be in this palace, so be aware of that.” While she was saying that, she slowly came close to Evarist and she held his arm, and said, “I said, don't be nervous. No one is around here.” After introducing Evarist to the empress, General Schidor went back to party hall. Many people showed their respect and flattered to him as soon as they saw him while he was walking around in party hall. He was in a good mood to confirm his own power. In such a situation, General Beard came to speak with General Schidor. Unlike other participants, General Beard was not belonged to [Head-Liner]. “Listen, Schidor...one of your man, Major Waltz, he his dangerous. He is a kind of man hides ambition. His eyes are showing it. General Schidor responded. “That is why I use him, Beard. He is the icon of young soldiers. It raises the morale of soldiers if I treat him well. And of course, he can't to do anything without my back-up.” General Beard shook his head, and said, “Well, it used to be like that. But the thing always changes.” General Schidor laughed at General Beard. “Ha-ha. I guess you are concerning way too much, Beard. I'll not be used by my [tool].” “Well then, why you introduced your [tool] to the empress?” General Schidor responded to that question shamelessly saying, “Well, the empress wanted to see him. That's all I know, Beard.” “Don't want to speak the truth, huh? Just be careful not to walk into your own trap.” General Beard walked away. “I'm not afraid of anything, Beard” General Schidor talked to himself while he was staring back of General Beard. Dinner party was almost over. Some of participants started to leave. It was wonderful night for General Schidor. He confirmed that there will be no enemy against him in this Empire. The only matter left for him was to think [when] he put the end to this political conflict. He was excited to think how to deal with member of [Control Fast] after everything is over. By his excitement, and alcohol he took, his mind was almost in the dream. That is why he did not recognize that driver of his coach was not the same man as usually. Also he couldn't recognize a dead body of original driver. When he stepped into inside of his coach, strange gas started fill inside of coach. As soon as he noticed that, he tried to escape from his coach, however, doors and all of windows were dead locked from outside. General Schidor lost his consciousness. Assassination by [Control Fast] succeeded. [Control Fast]lost their power after officer Kamdon had been assassinated. So they decided eliminate General Schidor. It was a huge gamble; however, they won this gamble. Coach ran away to somewhere. Izac was there watching everything. However, he did not try to rescue General Schidor. He was faithfully following order form Evarist. General Schidor was already useless for Evarist. He decided Schidor to be as the last sacrifice in this political conflict. Even though he caught plan of this assassination in advance, he did not do anything. Once again, Schidor had become needless person even in his own party. Evarist had finished his groundwork already. Main members of [Head-Liner] were on his side. He will be the top of [Head-Liner] after all. Evarist came back to party hall after seeing the empress. He went to out on the balcony to cool him down by a night breeze. Izac came beside of Evarist. “What happened? Took you long time. Ladies were crying, you lady killer.” “I'll talk to you later.” Evarist said. Then Izac showed ironic smile in his face, and said, “Oh, by the way. <General Schidor had some visitor tonight.>” It was their secret code meaning that Schidor had been assassinated. The time has come. Evarist thought that with confidence.
Year 3396. - Dog eat Dog -1
Izac shot the head of a man. Bullet through man's head splashed blood in the room. It was a quick gun shooting of Izac which even Evarist could not notice. The man said he was sent by General Schidor. Even though, it was late night when he arrived, Evarist, the owner of house...
Izac shot the head of a man. Bullet through man's head splashed blood in the room. It was a quick gun shooting of Izac which even Evarist could not notice. The man said he was sent by General Schidor. Even though, it was late night when he arrived, Evarist, the owner of house, invited him inside the house. “Assassination, huh?” Izac pulled the dead man off from chair, and started search his body. After a few seconds, Izac found dynamites, enough to blow entire room, under upper cloth of dead man. Izac took out those dynamites from dead body, and pulled detonating fuse off. “How did you notice?” Evarist asked. “Smells. That dynamite has unique smells.” Izac, still searching dead body, said. Evarist started to look into dynamites in his hand, thinking who will be the client of this assassin. Exploding house of high officer of imperial force will give a high risk to client, also. “No fireworks this time, huh?” Evarist said frankly. He talks like this in private time, only with Izac. “Oh. That hurts my feeling...I love fireworks.” Izac answered jokingly, and continued, “Any guess who is in charge of this cancelled firework?” “Nope. So many suspects are there.” Evarist showed ironic smile in his face. “Wow, that's nice.” Izac said, and he continues searching dead body for evidence. Izac expected this kind of Assassination will occur, eventually. Because him, and Evarist are taking a part of political conflict escalation. Political conflict between General Schidor and Officer Kamdon had separated politician of Empire into two groups. One is called as [Hard-liners]. It formed by General Schidor and military clique who demanding war expansion. To against that party, Officer Kamdon formed party called [Control Faction] with powerful politicians. Opposite of [Hard-liners], they are seeking peaceful solutions in diplomacy. However, ostensibly, argument of different policy caused this political conflict; the main factor of this political conflict was greedy politician's selfish desire of obtaining political power In that political conflict, Evarist served under General Schidor. General Schidor, an old general with insane passion, and Evarist, as assistant of general with the unimpassioned intellect, worked closely together in [Hard-liners]. Izac was the one who eliminated political opponents of [Head-Liners] in secret. First of all, he eliminated a couple of politicians in [Control Faction]. He used many ways to eliminate them without leaving any evidence. His action made [Control Faction] feared, and made them realize that the time of political strife had begun. After giving a first strike, Izac and Evarist kept severe attacking [Control Faction] before they take any actions. That was how Izac and Evarist would do to enemies outside, and it was all the same to enemies inside. Izac enjoyed this [game]. He was enjoying its thrills. He loves to fight. To fight against enemies of other nation or to fight against enemies inside of the nation, it was all the same to him. As long as there is actual fight, he will enjoy. Now [Head-liner] became the largest party. However, [Control Faction] decided not to be defeated forever... The time of vengeance had started. Next day of avoiding assassination, Izac guarded Evarist to the camp in front line. After of that, he came back to Evarist's house to dispose a corpse remained in bathroom. He did not want leave any evidence of murder because the head of police organization was member of [Control Faction]. When he hung his coat, someone threw a stun grenade inside of the house. As soon as Izac saw it, he [switched] himself into battle mode. In that battle mode, everything became slow, and it gave enough time for Izac to cover his face to avoid the flash. Then, he pulled out his gun. He saw four heavy armed military police rushing into the house. Izac put his gun down and switched back to normal mode. A man wearing uniform of Politburo, a group of raw bringer under the name of the emperor, showed up from the back of military police. “Captain Osvaldo. You are under arrest. Come with me.” Officer said with no expression. “Under arrest? I'm not doing anything bad. Grandma told me not to do such a thing!” Izac was still in calm. Officer asked, “What about the dead body and dynamites in bathroom?” Officer continued, “You need to come with me, captain. You are accused of murder. You will be examined by inquiry commission.” Izac understood in this point, assassination of last night was a part of scenario which [Control Faction] wrote. “If I said NO?” Izac asked. “This is decision of Politburo. If you resist our order, you will be considered as a traitor.” “A traitor, huh...Ha-ha. That's funny. OK! Let's be it!” Izac said with violent smile. “What the...!” Unexpected word from Izac confused officer. Izac switched himself again. His sight blacked out for a moment. When he got his sight back, his sight was in the battle mode. He quickly moved towards to officer and grabbed his arm. Then he pulled off officer's arm with all of his strength. Human body ripped in alive flew in the air for a while and slammed into heavy armed police. The sight of police officer only showed ripped body of officer. It froze there sense. They could not believe what they just saw. The strength and agility of Izac was overwhelming. Blood splashed by his dance of sword. Arms of police got cut off one after another. Like a child playing with insect, Izac continued to kill police officers with joy. Of course there was smile in his face. After few minutes passed, Izac was the only one standing in pound of blood. Everyone else had been slayed in mercilessly. Izac went into bathroom, where the dead body of assassin is, to wash off blood stained in this boots. He sat on the tab started to clean up his boots neatly. Then he looked up in the air, after deep breath. The night has come. Huge explosion occurred in imperial city. Evarist's house burned down. The night sky of imperial city dyed in deep red by the fire. Confusion due to this tragedy continued untill midnight. However, in news paper next day, this tragedy was not on the head line. The head line indicated that Officer Kamdon had been assassinated.
Year 3395. - Quagmire - 1
It started to snow. The ground under enemy fire turned into mud and it made Evarist's foots dirty. The battle field against Burnside and Imperroda, on the east side of Empire had been deadlocked for a while. Izac came closer and mutters. “We're set up, huh?” His grimy battle ware...
It started to snow. The ground under enemy fire turned into mud and it made Evarist's foots dirty. The battle field against Burnside and Imperroda, on the east side of Empire had been deadlocked for a while. Izac came closer and mutters. “We're set up, huh?” His grimy battle ware shows the violence of this war. Izac says with teasing tone. He has smile on his face. “I knew it.” Evarist says. “Need to make some sacrifices for obtain anything.” “Sacrifices you said? Well...Your men will receive my sympathy” “You are the one of my men, also, Izac.” “Well...In that way, I'm enjoying being your man.” Izac says. “I love to be in battle field” “It's going to be more fun....Look” As Evarist said, Izac turned his sight over bulwark and he nodded. “Can you see that? Izac?” Some of hurried enemy soldiers recognized over bulwark of enemy side over the bridge. They apparently have different equipments than others. “Reinforcements? Maybe?” Izac says. “That's Army of Imperroda, for sure. I saw some [War Beasts] there...” Evarist made up his mind to tell Izac about the order from General Schidor at this point. - Phaydo the Imperial City - General put his cup and says, “Anxiety....That's the word for me” “There are so many of useless soldiers in my army......” General had chosen Evarist to be one of his favorite men ever since Evarist distinguished himself in imperial army. “I am counting on you, Captain Waltz.” General had authority of himself in his sharp eyes. “In precise, I am counting on you as a fighter more than as a commander.” Once, General Schidor was the special person for Empire. He was the man who argued to reinforce the Empire's military strength to expand territory, when the [Dawn-light Age], the time many lands released from the evil whirlpool [Profound], had started. His dramatic achieved of war results raised dignity of Empire. However, too much of his success made his position imperiled. Also, seesaw battle in Western frontline, against Lubiana Kingdom, gives a negative influence towards his political strength in the army. “I heard that you was not born in territory of Empire. Where are you from?” General said to Evarist. General usually gathers his men to dinner, which meant as strategy meeting in this case, however, this time, Evarist was the only one who is invited. “I was born in Forest Hill, sir. It does not exist anymore. It swallowed into the whirlpool [Profound], when I was little. ” Evarist honestly answered general's question. It is unnecessary for him to lie general unless he knows what general has in his mind. “I grew up as refugee. I was age of 17 when I joined imperial army, sir.” “What was the reason to join in the army?” “I wanted to prove myself, sir. I had a strong desire to comprehend my limit.” General was looking into the eyes of Evarist while he was listening. “I see...” General nodded and asked, “How do you feel yourself about your origin?” “I have no sympathy for myself, sir. Emotion is only incidental factor of behavior, I believe. There is no need to be adherence to emotion if I am constantly progressing, sir.” “What the interesting opinion you have. That is what makes you to be a dependable commander, I assume.” General took his cup. “General, may I ask you the reason of this convocation, sir?” Evarist broached a point-blank question to general after a short silence. “Do not be in hurry, son. Now listen.....” “There is no absolute purpose of life. It does not matter where we bone, or whatever we do, we shall die at the end of the life.” He continued. “However, war has an absolute purpose. Do you know what it is? It is a purpose to defeat the enemy. That is the reason why I live with it.” General get's up from his chair and started to walk towards war map, hanged on the wall. “The battle line expands in each day after day. To the west, to the east, and also to the south. Everywhere, son. Everywhere.” The eyes of general started to have intense aspiration. “We, the imperial army of Granddillenia Empire, will win in each battle. We will defeat every single enemy. The war never ends untill we have an absolute victory!” The room became in silence after his speech. Evarist understood that aspiration, almost of insanity, brought this little old man to the position where he is at. “In order to do so, I need you, son” Passionate voice of general broke the silence. “Do me a favor. A favor which can be done by only a man like you...” - Borderland of Myocca - The dawn has come. Three war beasts started to appear. Their height is almost up to 3 alle (15 feet), and so as their width. A force of gigantic body can be felt even in long distance. Imperrodian soldiers, holding reins from metal shackles set to the mouth of the war beast, rides on the back of the war beast. A type of that war beast has been researched during last night. It called as [Toebear]. It generally walks in four legs; however, it can use its forefoot for predation. Its red hard skin as carapace and great healing ability gives an excellent talent to be as war beast. War beasts slowly advanced to the bridge and they were dragging defensive barrier. In a meanwhile, pioneer of Burnside started to cross the bridge with no fear of being fired. Those Burnsidian pioneers started to eliminate the mines and obstacles which set by Granddillenian forces. Even though, both Burnside and Imperroda does not have a strong connections to [Engineer], who supervise technology , as Granddlillenia Empire does, they manage to own defensive barrier for own protection. However, unlike Granddlillenia Empire, they were not able to use Automata or high-performance field guns. Unit of knights already assembled in the camp. Evarist's orderly man waits his master right beside his mechanical auto-horse. Evarist rode his auto-horse, received his gun, and checked cartridge. Right after he puts gun away into a saddle, every knights in his unit had finished riding their own auto-horse. After confirming preparation of his unit, Evarist pulled out his sword to the air and shouted. “The main force of our imperial force is currently under the battle against Lubianians! The cowardly Burnsidian force invaded this battle line of Myocca to take an advantage of this situation! This is absolute insult! An insult which noble knight like every single one of you here would never can think of!” He continues with the eye burned with anger. “They also brought Imperrodian with evil disgusting war beasts! We can't withdraw our eyes from those baseness bastards! ” “For our brother fight in western land! For the family waits back in motherland! We shall exterminate morale of foolish Imperrodian!” Unit members started to cheer wildly. “Do not fear evil war best! Fear to be dishonored!” All of the fear and anxiety disappeared from unit member. “Okay boys! Let's get started!!” Izac, adjutant of the unit, shouted out. He was standing beside of Evarist. “Well, it's going to be a fun time...ha-ha” “That is an idle talk, lieutenant. Be like my quiet orderly man here. ” Surprised orderly man who kept quiet shows shocked face to Evarist. “Oops. Got yelled at. Scary, isn't he?” Izac smiled to poor strained orderly man Knights launched out from the base. Auto horse ran mined battle field like wind. It was just like dancing, the way they avoid obstacles placed by own army. Only [Engineer] will be able to create automata with such a precise movement. Burnsidian pioneers jumped away from obstacle they were trying to eliminate and started to run into the other side of river. However, auto-horse catches them up real quick and crushed them into the ground. Crushed pioneers rolled on the ground as old rag. Burnsidian ware beast rider attempted to release war beast from metal shackles to oppose raging auto-horse. As soon Evarist saw it, he pulled out his gun and aimed to war beast rider. Distance between them was more than 50 alle (240 feet), however, Evarist was starting to capture swaying target precisely. He felt stream of time getting slow down. Now he knows it is the right timing to use his special talent. The vision of enemy came in to his sight clearly. Swaying muzzle synchronized with the vision of the future. He pulled a trigger when he captured the future vision of falling enemy. Rider of war beast passed away, hanging down from saddle. Evarist shot down two remained riders, in the same way. “Well done! Captain!” Orderly man cheers. He seems to have recovered from being strained by seeing elimination of the war beast. He was staying in the back of battle field with Evarist. “Just move on. The main battle will be after crossing the bridge.” Evarist started to move forward with his orderly man. [Toebear], the war beast did not pay any attentions to Evarist. It thought its task is over because the one who gives order is now hanging down from saddle without any of vital signs. “It's just like a cart horse, like this” Orderly man shouted in excited tone. The vanguards had been stopped by machine-gun fire at the area of defensive barrier. Guardians of defensive barrier fired machine- gun continually, not to let auto horses get closer. Evarist found Izac hiding behind the shade. “What's wrong, Izac?” Evarist asked. “Can't move. They have a nice formation here” Izac answers. “We do not have much time. Two of us can make difference, right? Let's go.” Evarist said to Izac. Izac nodded with smile. “You. You come with us. We'll eliminate that machine-gun.” Evarist said to orderly man. Two side attacks, is the plane Evarist came up. If two men launched out from the shade both the right side and left side, either of the man will reach to machine-gun for sure. In order to defeat main force of enemy, they could not waste the time here. “GO! GO! GO!!” Three men launched out from the shade. Shooter of machine-gun showed a bit of confusion, than he decided to aim to Evarist. Evarist took low position on auto-horse to use it as a shield. Auto-horse will be able to endure couple of gun shots. He will not die unless he gets shot in his body. After the sound of gun fire Evarist received massive impact. Auto-horse lost its control , and leaned forward to the ground. Evarist flew in the air and slammed to the ground. He struggles with the pain, however he had to get up quickly to avoid been crushed by following forces. It seems that Izac had eliminated machine gun. Following forces was passing Evarist skillfully. “Are you alright? Captain!” Orderly man came closer and says, “Need to change horse” “It is fine. Let me ride on your back.” Luckily, Evarist did not have any injuries. He obtained gun from his orderly man and gets up on the back of auto-horse After crossing 2/3 of the bridge, Evarist recognized heavy armed soldiers launching out from enemy base at the other side of the bridge. Well trained heavy armed force was one of the dangerous opponents of auto-horses. From on top of auto-horse, Evarist aimed to a soldier with commander mark. He pulled the trigger. Firing hammer knocked detonator. Armor piercing ammunition accelerated its momentum by intense pressure of gas shot out from barrel. Every sensation connected together inside of Evarist. Like it meant be as part of enemy soldier's face, the bullet sucked into slit on soldier's helmet. Captain felt down. Not many enemies noticed what happened. When Evarist aimed for the next target, Izac showed up in his sight. Izac, on the ground now, was slaying down enemies. Heavy armed soldiers will not be able to catch up to his quickness. An obvious confusion could easily feel from enemy forces. Evarist jumped off from auto-horse and pulled out his sword. He decided to fight here with Izac to keep enemies in this area so that he can send another forces to the front. Enemy force started to rout when they saw defeat of war beasts and heavy armed soldiers. Evarist expected the end of this ware with confidence when he saw Izac giving a final blow to one of enemy soldiers. Huge loss in this battle, however, they got what they want. Soldiers like them have to fight to obtain their wish. That is the only way. Determination of Evarist will not be changed, even in bloody battle field. [Fin]