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How is is April already? At least I’m feeling mostly better and am back at it. I’m nearly 10k words into Winter of the Wolf, so Valley of the Shadow is feeling like ancient history now. I’ll probably only go a few more weeks before moving onto Hammer of the Gods. The next few snippets will focus on introducing some characters that will be important going forward.
Since Arryk’s big victory, liberating Birkenfels Castle, he’s been pretty unstoppable, gathering allies from all over before planning to challenge the empress herself. In desperation, Teodora has called on an old enemy to help her raise an army.
Teodora received her on her throne, with all the pomp of the empire. She told everyone she wanted to give Brynhild Mattila her due as a senior member of the loyal Moraltan nobility, and a potential savior of the realm. In reality, she wanted to make sure that Mattila understood who she was dealing with.
In contrast with her splendidly-robed entourage, all in fur-trimmed coats of dark velvet in the style of old Moralta, Mattila herself wore riding dress under a plain, somewhat battered suit of armor. It wasn’t fitting for an audience with the empress, but it made her look very warlike. She approached the throne with her brisk, long stride and went down on one knee, her lips brushing Teodora’s outstretched hand. Then she looked up, her gray eyes still hard and clear, though the rest of her looked quite faded.
“Your Highness, it has been many years.”
“It has.” Teodora forced a smile.
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