A brief history of the Galnarians and the Cayheri.

     

 

   

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     220 years ago, in the year 740, King Theodwin Elacerin, great grandfather to Khilseith (my villain), ruled Galna Alari. He was dying from a deadly poison that no one could cure and had only one child, a daughter. He and most of Galna Alari would not accept a woman on the throne at that time and Khilseith was still a child. So, King Theodwin appointed the son of his best friend and advisor to be his successor. As soon as he died, all the magic and power granted to the royal family from their goddess Galrena transferred to Othorion and his line. Once Othorion was on the throne and discussed things with the Elder Council, they decided, without proof, that the Cayheri who lived in Galna Alari at the time, had to be blamed for King Theodwin’s death as they were the only ones that they knew of that used poisons on a regular basis. They then exiled the entire clan.

     The Cayheri High Priest was on the Elder Council to represent them so when they were exiled, he was automatically made their king. Linvanu Khezriel, Khilseith’s best friend, along with a number of other Cayheri were very upset and angry at the High Priest for not standing up to the Galnarians and their accusations.

    The Cayheri made their new home in the deep underground caverns that are settled in the southeast corner of The Shadowed Highlands. High Priest Tebrak was lead to the caverns by the goddess Qalmini who rules over secrecy, darkness, shadows, and snakes. She promised them special abilities if they lived in her cavern city of Mathvenaes, revered all snakes, and worshiped her. Tebrak agreed and led his people into Mathvenaes.

   When Linvanu turned 100 years old (adult age for elves), he challenged Tebrak to a duel to the death. Linvanu, who was a skilled swordsman by this time, killed Tebrak swiftly and became the Cayehri’s king where he has reigned for the last 200 years. He is very loyal to Qalmini,and is a strong but more or less benevolent ruler to those that follow his laws and remain loyal to their goddess.

    Back in Galna Alari, King Othorion’s family have continued to rule. In the Summer of 885,Queen Miara, Othorion’s granddaughter was brutally murdered and just like her grandfather, her murderer was never caught. Her daughter Talia refused to take her place as queen, her daughter Liliana was still a child so she was not able to rule yet, the Sacred Owl Throne of Galrena disappeared, and Liliana’s betrothed Dmitirie Pettoris was orphaned when his parents were attacked and killed the same night as Miara. The elder council, fearing for Liliana and Dmitrie’s lives, had Talia take them through the portal to the human world and raise them until the time came for Liliana to take her place as rightful queen.

©A Royal’s Undoing Cyn A Snow 2017

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Teaser!

 

“At your service m’lady. My uncle told me I was to meet with you to try and finalize….”

He stops what he was saying and she watches as he spins around, pulling his weapon out of the ground and stands up, looking towards the trees that circle the clearing, his guards moving into defensive stances. As he takes a couple of steps forward, she sees the glint of a small weapon fly from the dark woods and embeds in Taeral’s right shoulder, making him stumble backwards and drops his glaive when he clutches his arm.

“Ambush! RUN!” she hears him yell. As she goes to turn, she feels a strong blast of scorching air fly past her and watches a ball of bright orange and red hit Taeral and turn him instantly to a pile of ash in front of her. She screams as she finishes turning around and finds a figure dressed in crimson robes and a dark mask covering all but their eyes, hovering in the air, a crackling aura of fire surrounding them. Menacing eyes stared down at her like living flames.

“DHAEROW!!”

Talia flinches as the creature bellows a harsh insult in rough elven, then watches as he raises his hands, and sends a thick black cloud filled with daggers towards her. She stands frozen, fear taking over, and her eyes wide as this darkness consumes her. She starts choking and tries to scream as the blades cut and slice into her. As the blood seeps out from multiple spots and her body crumples to the ground, the figure watches her once shiny bronze eyes cloud over, turning a deep amber, before they close forever. The figure then waves their hands as the Cayheri guards are running towards them, and mutters, “vilzriquath!” Tendrils of frost erupts from their gloved fingers, hitting the soldiers, turning them into ice statues where they stood, killing them instantly.

As the figure hovers over the devastation they have just caused, they turn their head as if they hear something and disappear into the woods. Just as the figure fades into the dark, a crackling noise is heard and Khilseith appears at the edge of the glen and sees Talia’s still form on the ground. He glides over to her body, sits on the forest floor, and cradles her head in his lap. He looks around at the dead Cayheri, the pile of ash, and the Cayheri weapons strewn about and sends a telepathic message to the guards that are standing on the edges of Galna Alari, unaware of what happened.

©A Royal’s Undoing Cyn A Snow 2017

 

Before the Ball

Lily is sitting at her vanity, putting the finishing touches on her makeup when she hears a soft knock on the door and then Amyra talking to someone. After a moment, her great-grandmother walks in the room and smiles.

“You are so beautiful Liliana.  I am so glad I could be here to see your first ball and am able to personally give you this,” Talinia opens the box she has, showing Lily an exquisite and intricately designed hair comb. It was pure silver with dark brown owl feathers that come up over the top of the comb, a tiny crown made of oak surrounded by a couple of small oval moonstone crystals, and the tines have elven runes etched into them.

Lily gasps as she turns and reaches for the box.

“It’s gorgeous great-grandmother!”

Talinia takes the comb out of the box and motions for Lily to turn back around.

“No touching. Let me put this in your hair and then get going to the ball. The sooner we get you there, the sooner it will be over and then you and Taanyth can be public with your relationship.”

She smiles and nestles the comb in Lily’s halo braid so that the feathers laid against her hair, the dark brown of the owl feathers a beautiful contrast against the blonde.  She holds the hand mirror up so that Lily can see how it looks.

‘Thank you so much for this Great-Grandmother!’ Lily stands up and hugs Talinia.

“You are most welcome, my Starflower. It has been passed down to every female of our generation and since you and your mother are…..” she pauses for a moment with a slight frown, “well, on the outs at the moment, she asked me to give this to you for your special night as your father has suggested she not come to the ball so as to make things less stressful for you.” She hugs Lily tightly, a lone tear falling down her face.  She clears her throat and backs up and looks Lily over.

“Amyra. Bring Queen Liliana her cloak please. We must get going.”

Lily smiles at her grandmother, reaches up and gently wipes the tear away.

“No tears, Great Mother. This is supposed to be a happy occasion remember?” Lily rolls her eyes then laughs. “Let us go then, shall we?”

The guards open the doors and Dmitrie and Khilseith stand waiting to escort them. The two men are like night and day in their finery. Dmitrie is dressed like a forest god, dark green coat with a gold leaf design,a white shirt with billowy sleeves beneath, dark brown pants, and soft brown boots upon his feet. Khilseith in contrast is dressed in stone blue and light sapphire archmage robes. Archaic elven runes look like they were magickally sewn into the fabric as they give off a soft glow and an oval moonstone sits at the base of his throat hanging on a silver chain. Intricately designed, deep azure blue boots adorn his feet. The sides of his long silvery white hair is partially pulled back off of his face, clasped with a silver hair clip.

Lily raises an eyebrow at the two men.

“Where is Father? I thought he was supposed to bring me?”

Khilseith steps forward, offering his arm.

“Your father will be late and asked me to escort you instead. He is trying to …”he pauses a moment, his face thoughtful, “calm your mother. I am sure Great Mother has explained that he suggested it would be best if she stayed home this evening and let you have your night in peace since things are volatile between you at the moment.”

Lily nods and takes Khilseith’s extended arm as she shrugs at Dmitrie and Talinia.

“I know this is a bit off of tradition, but that is how my queen wishes most things, and since your father could not be here, he and I felt I was the best suited to escort you. I am an elder, I can protect you quite well, and you trust me completely.”

Lily looks up at Khilseith, her eyes shining and she nods.

“I do indeed. Shall we go then? I need to get this over with before I change my mind.”

“As my queen commands.”

Khilseith leads them through the Sanctuary to the main ballroom and stops right in front of the doors to let Lily prepare herself.

“Are you ready Lily?” He whispers.

She takes a deep breath and nods. Khilseith nods at the guards and they open the doors.

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