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Blood curduling screams are heard miles away, the biggest battle ever fought in the land of Arkediani. (Ark-e-dee-an-e) The three factions battling it out across the half mile battle feild of Sarcus(Sar-Cu<_>ss)with massive armies. The Elves, which are wisest faction, dwell in Drigare. Useing mostly Bows, Magic, and short-swords called Repera's. The Wolf Clan, made of mostly darkened humans, fight for there leader, Lord Revinei(Re-vin-eh)they weild mostly Long Ba<_>sta<_>rd swords, crossbows, spears, An ocassinal bow as well. the final faction, consists of all humans Loyal to King Arcedi(R-se-de) they use sword and shield, bow an arrow, spears/pikes, and any wepond avalible. Their army is made of mostly voluntiers, cause of their drastic losses.<p> back to the battle. Blood covered the grass, turning it bright red. The sky covered with a mix of far off vultures, arrows, and any cloud left. Iron on iron was heard, many screams would be hushed by the sound "twang" from bows. Which would be followed by more screams. Elves were being brutally slaughtered, begining to fall back, their leader Elf Lord Shi<_>zic was pressing them forward. If the elves retreated it would leave the world of Arkedani to the humans and Wolf clan. "A true elven warrior would fight!" He would shout inbetween slicing a human, or wolf clan warrior. Many elves were deserting, leaving the Elf Lord no choice. "Retreat!" The loud shriek from the Lord was heard across the battle field. Everything stoped. Scilence littered the air as the elves ran off into the woods, the ones that weren't shot or stabed on the way out atleast.<p>Fear grew, the humans outnumbered out sworded. The had to withdraw. But the king held firm. "Form eratura line on me!" Officers would shout the kings comand across the feild. Soliders would rush to form the line as comanded. The two rows formed atlast.sheilds held in the front line, spears from the back pushing threw. A defencive formation in a w shape. "Close!" Shouted officers, the w shape began to close and the ends of the human soliders began turning. Traping the wolf clan warriors inside. Screams heard, blood spilled even more as the final trapped wolf clan warrior was skuwered by a sword. Spreading out to form one long line they pushed the Wolf clan warriors out. <p> "Withdraw!" Shouted the wolf clan officers. And the humans had won the battle. Opening new opertunitys for the humans to end the war. Resting the soliders began looking for wounded humans, killing any elves, or wolf clan warriors who were alive.... (i will post the next part tomorrow) (post)
The story of the life and times of Elena, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, was one I was not familiar with, until I read this book. The author has presented this epic tale with great attention to detail, and produced a very entertaining and informative read in the process. From the early pages, where Elena is a young girl finding her way in life, to the closing pages, where her son is ruling the Roman Empire, the reader is treated to a well crafted, meticulously researched novel. Elena meets her future husband when they are both very young. They become firm friends, and remain so throughout the rest of their lives. The massive changes which take place within the Roman Empire during these times are explained in an interesting way, with not a trace of a boring history lesson in sight. The cast list of characters is helpfully noted at the beginning. The occasional peek to check on who's who may be required as the book incorporates many momentous happenings and the players involved therein. History book, or ripping yarn, or both? Whichever was intended by the author, the result is an enjoyable book about a fascinating historical figure, written in a clear and concise manner. The attention to detail, the changes in typeface to distinguish between narrative, dialogue and letters, assists the reader and adds to the reading pleasure. Highly recommended for all ages.