A Writing Journey

Well hello again. As I was getting ready for this morning’s post, I thought that maybe this should really be called a history of the Imperial Line, seeing as how it centers on the royal family and passing of the crown. But isn’t the history of most nations dictated by the rulers? Perhaps I will have to make other histories of Ibvail as well. But for now, enjoy part four and have a lovely weekend.

In the first years of the boy king’s rule, the new king of the Ice Hills, Ulrid, saw a chance to win back land that had been stolen from him by Ibvailyn governors. King Ulrid raised an army and marched into Ibvail, his children at his side. Ulrid showed no mercy to the northern estates. The governors raised their own militias, but no formal army had ever been needed in Ibvail and many people were killed.

Ulrid’s campaign lasted for five years until Riyan, in the tenth year of his life, marched onto the battlefield and slew Ulrid with the might of his magic. The boy proclaimed the Ice Hills to be an Ibvailyn territory and demanded fealty from the children of Ulrid.

In his twelfth year Riayn made a pilgrimage to Ohmlaur and stayed there for many years, learning from the Walkers. He wholeheartedly took to those teachings and made them the foundation for the rest of his life. He proclaimed that the Afflicted would no longer be hunted, and that no blood ought to be spilled, not even an animal’s.

So admired was he that an Afflicted woman from the far mountains came to his court to pledge her loyalty to him. She was called Sadi and, after an extended stay in Rusla, became Queen Sadi. Many of Riyan’s subjects were deeply affronted by this and both they and their five children faced many assassination attempts throughout their lives. Only one of the children survived, and Tir became the next king. To his death Riyan believed that the violence he had committed against Ulrid was wrong. In the end, he took his own life in an attempt to atone for that murder.

Take care, fellow travelers.

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