The Midnight Watch

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#1 2020-06-28 12:59:54

Registered: 2020-06-27
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Power, Politics and Murder..

Chapter 1, Episode 1

Finally things seemed to be falling into place; the cadets had mended the last few holes in the palisade walls, the Keep had it's last few bricks laid, and the armoury was coming together with a few weapons, armour and other supplies. General Fern sat in his office and went over the paperwork that had been sent through in the days mail. The shipment usually came from Britain early in the morning on the first vessel carrying supplies to Nottinbury Outpost in Blackwell. The mailed scrolls from Britain always had a document from King Blackthorn that had outlined his vision for the area, general direction and other intel, tasks, and reports from all over Sosaria. Today's direction from the King had notation regarding the armourer; Dylan Nottinbury and his task to complete several hundred new blades, maces, and shields, as reinforcements were being dispatched from Britain in the coming months and a certain weekly quota had to be met.

Joe sent pigeons out asking that the leadership of the Royal Blackwell Guard held a meeting to discuss the quota and the weaponry that had been forged thus far. Once the pigeons were sent off he made his way down to the armoury. Walking in he was surprised to see his leadership team standing ready for him. They were a reliable bunch and often proved that to him.


Governor General Joe Fern was a military man of thirty plus years but still relied on his Captain; Connor Davis, his Sergeant Major; Flint, and his long time friend Tommy Nottinbury for their expertise and knowledge.

Tommy had served  along side Joe as a Besieger and later as a veteran in the Yew Guardsmen Militia for almost twenty five years, to say they were close would be an understatement. Tommy had no official title with the Royal Blackwell Guard but served as council to the Governor General and provided support and guidance to younger guards. Tommy and Joe were both of the same vintage and had some age in their eyes now.

Sergeant Major Flint was a bald and bearded man, although you didn't often see his bald head, he usually dawned a bear's head and skin that he had one of the craftsman fashion into a hat or mask of sorts. When the Iron Arms (King Blackthorn's expeditionary force) landed in Blackwell; Flint had set off into the woods and stumbled upon a grizzly bear which he quickly dispatched and brought the carcass back. Flint was as tough as nails and this is why General Fern had made him his Sergeant Major and authourity among his soldiers.

Captain Connor Davis was truly the inner workings of the Royal Blackwell Guard; the Captain was a tall and stocky man, he was a life long soldier and all of his family served the Royal Armies. He has expert knowledge of all things military, he was the operations of the keep and the Royal Blackwell Guard in general. Joe relied him, the captain was his right hand.

The four men stood in the keep's armoury holding torches and looking over chests of weapons and armour. The light flicked and flickered...

"Considering he's been working at it fer two weeks now, there ain' much ere. An' at that the blades and armour are nay of the quality the King expec's" General Fern noted.

Tommy replied quickly almost cutting Joe off "I told you he's not the smith that everyone says he is! You know how I feel about Dylan he's putting on some type of act to win favor with us and the King"

"Well somethin's to be done, when the King comes through to inspect us in the coming weeks he'll want to see our progress, we've been deployed here to help the people of Blackwell and that won't be happening with holes in our chainmail and dents in our blades." exclaimed Captain Davis. He shot out of the room almost upset and ready to carry on with some other pressing matter around the keep.


The meeting broke up and Joe made his way back up to his office, he threw the King's documents on his desk and sat, a little bit frustrated with the lack of Dylan's progress. He lit his pipe to try and relax, as he puffed he watched Dylan mining through his office window. He knew something wasn't right about Dylan, Tommy was right he wasn't the smith that he was made out to be, and he also wasn't the helpful, kind and willing man that he seemed to be for the past several weeks. Was he trying to win favor? Was he plotting some other act? Joe knew he had to find out, he knew there was more to the story.....

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