"Save my family"
Standing at the gates a man who appears to be battle worn. Possibly a warrior or a knight. Behind him you can see several men who have different weapons who seem to be a part of his army.
"I am helping you, I believe I am saving you!"
"Destroying your home and bringing an end to the rule of your King will save you all!"
"I will die for my King, but spare my wife and children." "They shouldn't die for me or anyone else."
Valon moved forward with his men behind him.
"Go quickly to all the homes remove the women and the children, only the men shall die today!" "Remember brothers, trust no one not even the traitor king!"
We cut away to 5 years in the past:
Valon is in the very same courtyard, training a group of warriors who would serve the King. The King was a man of corrupt nature, who used his power over the kingdom to drive corruption amongst the people.
" Will our warriors be ready for battle anytime soon?"
"Battle?" "You mean the killing of innocents?"
"I mean doing what you're told and not crossing me!" "That should be your main concern!"
"As you wish my King."
Valon was controlled by the king and wasn't given much freedom to train his men. These men would be used to destroy the surrounding villages to gain wealth and other materials. The King and Valon's men were all feared through out the land.
Valon and the group he was training had been given a mission to go to the village of Kraile, a village of the mountains. The people of this village didn't have much to barter with, but did have furs and great warriors. Valon and his men were in route to the village when the garrison was attacked.
"Do you know who I am?" "Who these men are?" "I am the General of King Reil's army"
"I don't care who you are, or where you're from!" "I want you're weapons, what money you have and what food you have!" "Now!"
"You don't want to do this!" "Please don't make the mistake that you can challenge me and my men to any sort of combat, we can and will destroy you!"
"There will be no mistakes made here, just the killing of you and your men!"
Rolen attacks Valon slicing him across the face under his left eye. Valon grabs Rolen and throws him to the ground. Rolen stand Valon on his right side. Valon stumbles to his feet, with the blade stuck inside of him. Both groups stand and watch the two men in silence.
Valon who by this time is bleeding heavily, is barely on his feet. He pulls a smaller sword, throwing aside his heavy blade. Rolen moves in for a kill strike, Valon falls to the left and swings downward catching Rolen across the back. Rolen falls to the ground, face first with blood flowing heavily down his chain armor. Valon walks to his sword and picks the heavy broadsword up off of the ground and runs it through Rolen. Killing him instantly.
Valon (As he turns to the group accompanying Rolen)
"I told you a mistake would be made here today!" "Your leader is now dead because he was foolish enough to attack my garrison!" "You have the option to join me, or die just as him!"
The group was terrified, they were just passing glances back and forth. Two men came forward up to Valon.
The two warriors:
"The two of us have decided to join you, will you spare our lives?"
Valon still holding his side nodded in acceptance.
"as for the rest of you?" Do you accept my offer?"
The group declined the offer.
"Fine by me, men kill them all and take their equipment and whatever else they have. We must continue our journey!
We now see Valon and the group on horseback going to Kraile. They were closing in on the village, but something was wrong. There was no one to greet them at the out post and off on the distance there was a fire and smoke. Valon continued on.
"Someone has Attacked the village before us, it looks as though this fire has been burning for days!" "Let's check for survivors and get what we can and head back!"
Valon and the group of warriors ride up into the village. From the looks of it the People of Kraile were attacked, and it appears to be by someone they could have been familiar with. As the pillage continues, Valon notices something is out of place.
He rides up to the castle, pushes the doors open and waiting on the inside is King Reil, with an army of men behind him.
"What have you done?!"
"What you couldn't do!" "I destroyed these people, and left this kingdom with nothing!" "Just as I will leave you!"