5 years ago, I lived in the city of Larston, a pretty big place under the rule of a kind king. However war had broken out to out southern border and I was drafted at the age of 19. I remember the day I left town to undergo training so I could join the front lines.
"They're sending you out with one year to train before they put you out to fight, that's crazy" My girlfriend Marina had said, she was a beautiful young girl of the same age with shoulder length blonde hair and a slender body. That day she wore a white dress like top with a yellow skirt, but you could tell she was on the verge of crying.
"I'm sorry, but I had no choice, it was either me or my brother and....he wouldn't survive out there." I said as I carried my bags to the train, I was wearing a red vest with a white sleeved shirt underneath, black jean pants, and my black hair was slicked back with 3 strands spiked out to the front.
"Hey Keal, hurry your ass up this train is leaving with or without you" The conductor yelled to me, he happened to be a family friend but he also had a job to do so I began to hurry just as Marina embraced me.
"You better come back alive" She said as I saw tears begin to fall down her face.
"I promise I will my love" I said as I gently pulled away.
After I boarded the train we began to take off and I caught one last glimpse of Marina, tears falling down her face as we sped off.
As we left I couldn't help but feel sad as well, especially for her, she was under a lot of stress being the Kings daughter but I had to do this...for my brother.
.....that was five years ago, since then I went through harsh training, fierce battles, and even the death of a few comrades but the war ended early and so I allowed to return home.
I took the train back to the city of Larston ready to see Marina again. I sent her a letter telling her I would be returning so I had hoped she would be waiting but...as we pulled into the station and I looked out my window no one was there.
As I exited the train I saw the station was practically empty, except for a few men and women standing around clad in armor that seemed to be guards. I walked around before a man walked up to me.
"I see you must be one of the soldiers they brought back from the front lines, well there are strict guidelines about loitering now so I suggest you hurry home" The guard said motioning me out of the station. Since I was wearing my military uniform he knew I was a soldier but the things he said about strict guide lines...I just couldn't believe it. Our city never had such guide lines in place, but not wanting to upset him I followed his instructions and left the station.
As I walked out to the city everything looked different, from the empty streets to the dark sky above the city looked like much sadder place than before the only people on the streets were people hurrying home and guards at every corner. As I'm wandering the streets I go back to my home, except as I knock on the door no one answers. I then look at a paper posted to the door with the word "Terminated" on it. Suddenly I hear someone call out to me "Pss...over here in the alley"
I then cautiously make my way to the alley with my hand on my sheathed sword, as I look around and suddenly see a hooded figure.
"Ah so you followed, you are a soldier no? Are you proud of what has happened to your city?" The hooded figure asks as I keep my hand on my sword.
"I just want to know where my family is, my mother and brother" I said apprehensively.
"There's no telling the emperor may have killed them or sent them off to a slave camp that's the kind of person we have ruling this region now" The figure said.
"And no one informed us on the front lines of the change in leadership?" I asked clenching my teeth.
"The better to manipulate you all, if you still thought the benevolent ruler you once had was in charge then you would still fight." He continued.
I couldn't do anything but seethe in anger at this, to think I fought for someone who ended up terminating my mother and my brother. However something came into mind at that moment and my mood went back to worry.
"What about the King's daughter, where is she?" I asked
"No one knows, she disappeared when the King was overthrown" The hooded figure answered.
"M...Marina....I...." I was at a loss for words, I had let go of my sword by then and was experiencing a mix of sadness and anger.
"Let's get to the point here, would you like vengeance against the new emperor?" The hooded figure asked me.
".....yes...." I said trying to calm myself down.
"Perfect, follow me..." He said as he walked backward and then disappeared.
I examined where he disappeared into and proceeded to follow him, I felt a strange sensation as I seemed to disappear through what seemed like a wall from first glance. I followed the hooded figure down a long tunnel until we came to a dead end.
"Where are we.." I began as he touched his hand to the wall and it began to glow, suddenly the wall broke into four parts and they all went separate directions revealing a large area in front of us. I looked around and saw various people training, conversing, and doing various other things. I then looked back at the wall to see it close up behind us and then at the hooded man who was taking off is cloak.
He was a dark-skinned man who seemed about 20 or so, with short grey hair and gold markings on his face. He was wearing a sleeved black robe with a gold chest plate on the torso. He then held his arms out motioning at the area around us...
"Welcome my friend, to the Larston rebels base"