Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Speeches.

Korada, the Exaulted leader of the Host of Savlation stood in the cave of sanctuary, on the balcony which was lovingly carved from the living rock many generations ago. Before her was assembles the great nobility of Sky Prairie, waiting to hear her words on the issue of Star's Reach with the travelers from Towalk had preached about to since receiving shelter and rest with in the battlements of Sky Prairie three moons ago. Kindee stood among the assembled guards whose mission with the Towalk was to be announced. Older than the guards, I was there to as a manifest keeper for what goods and supplies were being donated. Beside Korada stood Dald, leader of the Towalk honored stranger from the unknown South and Elida the original leader of the guard. Silent the gathered nobility grew waiting for the word of Korada. These are the words of Korada's speech that announced our part in the mission to Star's Reach.

"My Fellows, we have come to know the Towalk in recent months, and have learned of the spirit of friendship they bring to our people. We have also heard their desprite mission they bare for all peoples who are true to the Earth. News reached them, as it had reached us, of the recent discovery of Star's Reach by the Merigan nation who live to the East of the Kanzi desert. But the Towalk, better than ourselves, realized the danger this poses. For more vividly than our albums does their lore remember the times of warfare waged by our common ancestors against the Sky Lords for the mercy of the Earth. Before the Federal War these lands were ruled by a people beholdened and worshiping the Sky Lords. The Towalk have even shown us records from that era of the alliance between the Federalists and the Sky Lords. How they shared deadly sciences and visited 'death from above' on the warriors we share as ancestors. How they held the Earth captive to the Consumers... And now, the heirs of the Federalists, the Merigans, seek to reestablish contact to their former patrions. They have found Star's Reach, the last fortress of the Federalists, the last bridge to the Sky Lords, and they inhabit it again!

"Only in the Host's darkest terrors and most melancholic conversations had  the possibility of the Sky Lords return been considered, with damp cheeks I confess we were too comfortable and proud to see this danger clearly. Clearly as the Towalk saw it upon their first hearing of the finding of Star's Reach. So, hear now from someone whose instincts for danger are clear and sharp, for his people are wild and wary, hear now from Dald of the Towalk, and know that his heart is one with the will of the Host in the matter of Star's Reach"

At this point there was a murmur among the nobility, fear their kind had forgotten how to feel behind the great battlements of Sky Prairie moved through the crowd, and standing among the guard who already knew the mission to be announces there hearts moved in response with pride.

Dald leaned forward, and gave his speech in the archaic thick accent of his people.

"My kin in the far South call ourselves the Towalk, after the mountain we live on, sticking out of the wind blown sands. When we heard that Star's Reach had been found, we were scared, for the stories from the Federal War are still told each dark night among our people, and to this day we use no fire at night, as our ancestors did during the war, lest 'death from above' find them. That custom's how we did so well to recall these things.

"During the war a leader from near Towalk uncovered that the Federalists were getting support and weapons, there 'death from about', from the Sky Lords. He uncovered the Federalists and the Sky Lords had ruled most of the world for a hundred years before the Federalist War broke their power and freed their people. But the Sky Lords ruined the rains and the 'snow' with their power before they abandoned the Federalists to their defeat. Your people and ours were still one, fighting the Federalists, but as the sands grew peoples shrunk and lost touch with each other, becoming the Towalk and the Sky Prairie, and the other mountain peoples too.

"Our people is a smaller group than your big place here on the Sky Prairie. I did not know there was such a big place left until we found your tall and proud cliff top walls. We only have news from traveling Canyon folk and never guesses that seventy hundreds of folk might still live as a single people. Towalk is much smaller, the fifty and five that marched to your lands are the best part of our able aged men folk. My whole people would have gone, but we had to leave enough folks to endure the Sky Lords if the mission failed, so our memories could be saved.

"We seek to take Star's Reach, and break any tie to the Sky Lords that remains there. We didn't know how it would be done, and left trusting that the Land would provide a way. At your battlements, which around your whole Land, we found the first real hope for success.

"Thank you for your welcome. Thank you for your shelter. Thank you for hearing our cause. And thank you for your aid. Korada of the Host has talked with us and been our friend. We had no means to attack Star's Reach except the slings that my people are master of, but she send us, in your name, a great arsenal of repeating rifles, and has trained my men in their use. She sends thirty of her own guards as guides to Star's Reach, and to protect this arsenal from robbers along the way. She sends forty tail carts with us, loaded with supplies. Also we have learned the way to Star's Reach. Thank you Sky Prairie for your friendship, we will break this tie to the Sky Lords forever."

Those are the speeches that launched the mission to Star's Reach. Elida also gave a speech, for at the time Kindee was one soldier among many, and if not for her valor so she would have remained. His was a trite acceptance of duties, though I need not discredit the dead I believe he has a hidden mission. Still these were the vows of duty he gave, I recall them so that you can consider how well Kindee in fact carried through these duties. "I accept the duty and privaledge of leading the Guard of the Host's mission in search of Star's Reach; pledging to protect the arsenal from entering into enemy hands; and to guide the Towalk on their mission to protect the Earth from the dangers at Star's Reach." By rising to the events around her, Kindee upset plans that have been kept dearly private, for that the Host now attacks her.

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