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Chapter 7: The Count of Aedeltor
The Month of the Archer, Moransday the Fourth.
Bereburh, Kellalh Borders, occupied by Surraev
Count Caris Langleth of Aedeltor sat astride his warhorse, the great beast Hilde, who Caris had won on campaign in Taulmeer. He wore his parade armourâ€”he had wealth enough to afford suchâ€”and held the position as head of the honour guard. Off in the distance, he could see the clouds of dust lifted by the approaching army. The new governor of Kellalh came that day, and as the Master of Horseâ€”the military commander for Kellalhâ€”Caris had the duty to greet him.
His two most trusted lieutenants flanked himâ€”for the moment out of their proper position at his back. He had served with both Sir Herres of Terumsare and Sir Adred of Penhalm most recently in Taulmeer. Neither had lands or independent wealth. They owned the armor on their backs, the swords at their sides, their mounts, and tack and harness, but little else. The wars of the former king had enriched those landless knights willing to sell their swords to the crown, but it had not gained them property or titles. The adventures in Taulmeer had created a large force of these men-at-arms, and two of the finest stood with Caris.Read More »A Bloody Crown Chapter 07