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The Days of Fire Part 2

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From out of the Forbidden Woods, the wizard unleashed his most diabolical creations. Creatures larger than trees destroyed everything in their path. They attacked Yahira first, turning our kingdom to ash before moving onto Tanglewylde.

Here’s where it gets fishy. All descriptions of the Creatures vary from kingdom to kingdom. The Pieroettans and Tanglewyldian’s describe them as dragons with intricate shells. The Castillian’s say they were giants so large they made the sea rise. But we Yahiran’s know the truth, for the orator has passed the story down. They were giants cast out of stone, with fire for arms and eyes. They gave me nightmares for years.

Everyone (because Zara won’t shut up about it) knows the tale of Queen Kyra and her dragon Starlight uniting the Five Kingdoms and the Dragon clans. The final battle where Kyra and Starlight fell against the creatures’ leader, “The Beast.” And how, depending on whom you ask, the dragons battle with themselves or whatever attacked. But, there is so much we don’t know.

We don’t know what happened to the wizard? Did he die? Was he the Beast? I couldn’t find any record. Also, telling is the lack of battle plans or military journals about Kyra’s Last Stand. Were they destroyed? I haven’t found any, but I’m still searching.

We Yahirans believe the wizard and his army will return. If we don’t know what were fighting we can’t defeat it. I will continue my research, for like father says, “knowledge is power” and Yahira shall never be caught off guard again.

-Artelia,
Crown Princess of Yahira

What were the Days of Fire? by Artelia

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Thanks to Zara’s escapades, it’s impossible to get any privacy in this palace. Guards are everywhere and they’re always asking, “Where are you going? What are you doing? Why?” Sometimes a “none of your business” works, other times I walk past. They can’t put their hands on a Princess if there is no immediate danger. Still, they can be useful.

I had them fetch every record in the Capitol City about the Days of Fire. There’s a lot about what took place after but not the actual event and what is available is contradictory. Still, as Crown Princess, it is my royal duty to maintain a concise history of our kingdom and the ones who surround us, for their history affects us too. Here is what I’ve pieced together.

It all began when a wizard appeared on the shores of Castilia. This wizard traveled across the Five Kingdoms bestowing gifts to the Royal Families. But, these gifts were cursed for they drove the families and the kingdoms to war.

Of all the Kingdoms, we, the Yahirans, remained strong and unconquered. Our heat and rugged terrain made journey’s treacherous. But it couldn’t save us from what came next.

I Hate Manner’s Class by Zara

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Mother and Father,

Now that everything with Rainbow has settled, things are sort of normal. Still, I hate this school.

Why is being a Princess so tiresome? We had dining etiquette today. Apparently, if I use the wrong fork it can start a war? That’s crazy! Other then size these forks all look the same? Whoever heard of a war starting over how a salad was ate? Father, did you ever want to start a war with Penelope’s father because he used the wrong fork? I don’t remember it. It didn’t happen. And if it did, it happened in the past, haven’t we gotten smarter. It’s mad.

I asked the Queen. She banged her head against the wall. It was funny but writing an essay about fork placement is a pain. Why does she hate me? Is it because Penelope and I don’t get along? I don’t know. But, I think Penelope and I’s arguments are better cause for war then fork placement.

I miss you. I love you. I’ll make you proud.

Love,

Zara

The Secret of Life Discovered?

 

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I searched the Assembly Line’s library and its not here. There is no record of the Secret of Life in the Great Library. Nothing to assist me in building the army that will bring order to Chromia.  Continue reading “The Secret of Life Discovered?”

The Assembly Line is Mine! by Tyrannis

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At last, the Assembly Line is mine! The ability to create new soldiers and crush the Centurions once for all is in my hands. Unfortunately there’s been a set back. Continue reading “The Assembly Line is Mine! by Tyrannis”

More Penelope Drama by Zara

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Dear Diary,

Things have gotten worse since the Rainbow incident. Penelope hates me… again. Why? Because I said Kyra’s story is better than the Tale of Galen and Nena.

Continue reading “More Penelope Drama by Zara”

Zara’s Crossed the Line by Penelope

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Oh Diary,

Remember when I said I was going to strangle Zara? No longer. I’m going to put her on the rack then strangle her. She mocked the Tale of Nena and Galen. Continue reading “Zara’s Crossed the Line by Penelope”

What Happened to Rainbow by Zara

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Mother and Father,

I messed up. I lost Rainbow, but it’s not as bad as you think.

Regardless of what you may have heard, I did not take Rainbow into the Forbidden Woods. We were riding near them but not in them. Continue reading “What Happened to Rainbow by Zara”

The Horse Incident by Penelope

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Dear Diary,

Zara’s finally done it. She went riding earlier today and didn’t return until suppertime. Mother had to cancel manner’s class and sent the castle guard to find her. Can you imagine what would’ve happened if she was kidnapped or killed on Mother and Father’s watch? It could shatter the unity of Harmonia. It gets worse, she returned to the Castle, horseless. Continue reading “The Horse Incident by Penelope”