Mithraos looked out through the window of the palace. He was looking at the hills that shined. With his palace close to the border, he could see the palace proudly standing atop Mount Avanava, the palace of Mauryae's. The castle where the ruthless Malvan King lived.
Mithraos sighed as he looked around. He hated this palace. The place where his parents were killed, the place that reminds him of what he lost every second of the day, which is also the reason he roamed the forests and went on wars. He hated sitting still, lounging in the palace, accepting the comforts. He becomes restless all too soon.
Mithraos do not court danger like many believes. He simply want to be engaged in some activity. What better option than war, when it brings him so much power and protects his Kingdom too. It also made him feel invincible, capable.
Eloy ran through the woods. It is a part of his exercise routine. His hair was tied up as always and he ran like a cheetah. He ran to the edge of the forest. He could see the palace of the Malvans from here clearly. He knew a war was in the making. He could feel the hostility from the borders, the tension among the people and his emperor. However, as he looked at the palace, he only felt a certain sense of calmness. It actually looked more regal from here than anything he has ever set his eyes on. Eloy turned. He needed a bath in the stream. The Oleya stream in the edge of the forest is the main reason he always ran this far.
The water had a soothing effect on him. He just relaxed in the water and slowly let himself be. He saw a deer in the woods and it was just looking at him teasingly. A freshened up Eloy was all ready for a chase. He got up, his wet hair sticking against him. He left his hair open only when he was alone like this. He did not want anyone to mistake it as a sign of fragility.
Eloy ran, without breaking a sweat, playfully behind the deer who was beckoning him and toying with him. He snorted as he ran past her making her frown in confusion. He ran in front of the deer and she caught on and chased him. Eloy's long beautiful hair flew in all directions. He looked ethereal in that moment, like he was from out of this world.
He turned and caught the deer in his arms and then the deer ran off as Eloy watched. As he neared the palace of Mithraos, he saw the King standing near the window looking out into the woods. He looked down as the emperor's eyes fell on him. They grew up together and even though he was a lowly servant, Mithraos had always been kind to him. However, when the man became King, Eloy lost all his foolish thoughts of friendship. He was nothing but a sacrificial lamp for the Kingdom. And he did not mind. He would die to protect his King and the Kingdom. Eloy looked down and walked off to his quarters.
Mithraos watched as Eloy walked away. Eloy is the only person Mithraos trusted with his life.
He knew that he lost Eloy in those moments between stepping on his throne and actually claiming it. However, he also knew that Eloy would die for this empire.
The minister walked in as Mithraos held court.
"The people are talking. Everyone can sense that we are on the brink of a war. The troops are being prepared in the Kingdom of Malvans. Our troops are also ready," said Guardioni, the Minister.
Eloy walked in.
"You asked for me, your highness," asked Eloy, head bowed. The court has gone all hush seeing the respected warrior walk in.
"Are we ready for the war?"
"Yes, the army is at your disposal, your highness," said Eloy, head bowed in respect and talking steadily.
Mithraos looked at the nobles.
"We are talking about the Malvan's, your highness. A peace talk, we think would be better even now," said Gefforoy, a noble.
Other nobles also had that unsure expression on.
"We are fully equipped for a war. But, your highness, never have Kingdoms fought and decidedly not with Malvans," said Kanderis, another noble.
"Well, that would happen now. It was them who gave the first signals of a war and we are just going to fight them and show them that no one gets away with threatening us. Not even Malvans," said Mithraos.
"Yes, your highness. I think we can show Malvans their place," said Armeyin, another of the nobles, and a war minded one at that.
Mithraos looked at Eloy.
"What do you think, Head Warrior?" asked Mithraos.
Eloy was surprised that Mithraos asked his opinion.
"If your highness want me to fight in a war, I will and if you want me to guard you during the peace treaty, I will do that too. However, I do have a suggestion," said Eloy.
All listened eagerly.
Mithraos gave permission with a subtle raise if his eyebrows.
"Your highness, since we are both Kingdoms, the loss of warriors will be high if we go on a full on war, should you settle on war. In that case, I would like to avoid too many orphaned houses. Would deliberating with the Malvan King for a controlled war with equal but limited number of soldiers and some other regulations," said Eloy.
Mithraos thought for a moment.
"You are right. We will also forego family men. Let me send the message to the Malvans," said Mithraos.
And thus, two nobles each from the empires sat down and made the rules of the war. It was a process that was not heard of ever before. The other Kingdoms were also keenly observing the happenings.
The war was not going to be pretty and it is a good thing that both kings thought of their people first and blood thirst later.
Adharva was honestly impressed by the suggestions made by Mithraos. He has heard that the legendary warrior Eloy had made the suggestion. The fact that Mithraos could just have brushed it off and proceeded with a full on war and that he did not do so, made him have some respect for the King too.Adharva let his brothers discuss the terms. He was not worried about them disappointing him. They never would. Even when they lost parents at a young age, his brothers have brought him up without making him feel the void, with help ofcourse. Even when they taught him the lessons in being an King and a proper man. He knew he do not follow all that they taught him, but still, what he did absorb kept him sane.He also knew that the Chief of Warriors of Mauraye was not going to be happy about this. He was on a retreat and would be on his way back now. He had not let him know because he didn't want the man to get hurt. But he knew if the chief warrior had
The second day of the war was equally ferocious. Adharva got furious as one of the warriors were determinedly attacking Shikhar. But before he could move, Rishi was there.He turned and watched as soldiers collapsed on both sides. He sighed and took his sword and stepped down.------------Mithraos watched as the royal family defend the warrior head but kept that to himself. He was sure Eloy noticed too. That only meant that the rumours they have heard is true. It is said that only Rishikesh Malvan and Shikhar Vanshi have a say in the royal matters.He saw the Malvan Emperor for the first time then and he had to admit the man oozed power. If he gave it more thought, he knew they were not different from each other.--------------Eloy saw the Malvan Emperor and he saw the man fight. He was as outstanding as Mithraos. Eloy's attention was back in the batt
Having spent a night together after years, Rishi was emotionally exhausted as he reached the war front. Shikhar was in a similar state. But he was and had always been a stronger man than Rishi, a better man. Or atleast Rishi thought so. Rishi watched as Shikhar fought as hard as ever, if with more anger. His brother had smiled warmly at him in the morning, meaning, he saw them in bed together. He knew it was his fault that Shikhar was not a Malvan by name even now. If he had not been a fool, Shikhar would have been his and they would have had a horde of children too.Rishi looked away. That might never happen now. He had been a fool, utter fool. He sighed and looked at Adharva even as he fought the enemies who came his way. He saw his brother was observing Warrior Eloy and he can see why. That was talent in its own. However the look on Adharva's face was more than just admiration.He pondered over it.-------The sword brushed past Eloy and tore his skin a bit. Mithraos was red with
The clearing in the woods went silent. All were looking at the woman. "Who sent you?" asked Mithraos."Karivayis," said the woman and in that moment two warriors in the Mauraye side cut their own throat.All understood the seriousness of the situation."What was the plan of Karivayis?" asked Rishi.Karivayis are the darkest of the group in Arthanava. They are believed to be living like animals. They leave only bones and skeletons after a war. They are also said to be the most blood hungry ones."To poison the winner," said Viyahi, the woman, now in a choke hold."An army waits in the outskirts," said a guard who came running almost falling."We need a peace treaty. Now," said Samarth."Yes, we do, Prince Samarth is right," said Guardioni and looked at Mithraos who gave a curt nod."An eight level formation and we want a fortress of warriors," said Eloy and the guards moved to the frontiers."Artillery will guard the other frontiers of Mauryae and Maheraya," said Shikhar nodding to El
A union of three, was not unheard of. The men guarding the boundaries heard the sound of the conch before sunrise. It was blown thrice. It could only mean one thing, the war was called off or there was a winner. The enemy armies stood in attention, thousands listening in to understand what happened.The victory sound of carnyx was heard from both sides of the wood. The sound of drums were heard. Then the sound of lyres and flutes were heard from both sides and all warriors looked at each other in shock. That meant the announcement of a royal marriage.The hostile army retreated, slowly back into the woods, up the hills and were gone. And they were definitely not Karivayis.-------------------Eloy was in his tent soon. He just sat there on the floor. He had refused a bed because he didn't want any special consideration other soldiers did not get. He sat there wondering about his life as it is.Left at the door of the palace itself at the age of 1 or even before that, Guardioni had tak
The birds chirped as the early rays of sun touched the clearings in the woods. Eloy saw Shikar coming towards their tents. Mithraos also saw the man's arrival with guards. Mithraos got out of the tent. He had seen the way the royals had respected the man and the stories too. He gave a small bow to his soon to be brother- in- law who beamed as if Mithraos has not injured him the other day. He can see where the stories regarding the nature of Shikhar were coming from."I have picked the rituals from the palace last night. I want you and Eloy to go through it, your high-"Please refrain from calling me your highness, royal father. You can call be Mithraos," said Mithraos.Shikhar looked at him for a moment.Eloy had also come down. He and Mithraos were yet to speak or see each other. Eloy bowed."Sit down both of you," said Shikhar finally and sat down himself.The guards handed over the manuscripts with the rituals. Mithraos looked at Eloy. He moved to the side of the diwan he was s
Adharva and Mithraos were given the beautiful necklace. They together brought it to Eloy's neck as instructed and joined it at the back, claiming him. The music reached its peak at that point and flowers were showered on them. Then Mithraos was asked to sit while Eloy stood. Together Adharva and Eloy wore Mithraos the necklace. Then Adharva was asked to take his place. Both Mithraos and Eloy together wore him the necklace. All three stood, Eloy between the two emperors.The elders from both sides have to give away them. Mithraos and Eloy asked Guardioni to give them away while Adharva asked Hrishikesh and Shikhar to give his hand away.Once the elders did so happily, entwining all three of their hands before the fire, their robes were joined with a shawl and all three took seven rounds around the fire as instructed. Once they finished it, they were declared married by the priest.All three looked at each other. Silence reigned but they sought blessings from the elders. First they sou
All three reached back to their room. It was cleaned up and fresh blankets were laid out. Eloy sat on the bed. He had a chain around his hip which accentuated his hip now. He wore it when he dresses separately. All married men, submissives, wore them. His husbands were looking at him. Both men went down on their knees and lifted his legs. They both looked at him for permission. Once he nodded, they slid a toe ring each, proclaiming their fidelity in the marriage. Then he bent down and wore the toe rings on both of his Emperors' toe. Finally, Eloy looked at them both."Now you," he said. Both the emperors looked at each other. Mithraos wore one on Adharva's toe. Then Adharva slipped one into Mithraos's toe.Silence reigned. "I think it is time to sleep," said Eloy and moved up to the bed and laid down. He closed his eyes. He never knew awkwardness could be like this. He felt the emperors move and lay down on his sides. He was silent when he heard the rustle of the blankets. He felt