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Chapter 1The King's Return
THE PALACE WALLS WERE ASSAULTED BT THE HEAVY LASHES OF THErain
s frigid torrent. Thunderous gallops filled the courtyard, as carriages drawn bygargantuan black horses filed through the estate's south entrance, dropping off theirprecious cargo.The nobles, integral figures from across the realm of Sardonem, had beensummoned by His Imperial Majesty, the Archduke Oren I, Grand Duke of Bourbonia, thesoon to be sole ruler of Sardonem and all lesser realms, which fell under its protection.The nobles and aristocrats, the latter already being present, made their way intothe Great Domed Hall of the Palace. The nobles in-front to assume their positionsclosest to the seat of the monarch's power, arranged in order of rank
the high noblesfurther ahead still, at the sides sitting across from each other, at the foot of the stairsleading to the throne. While the aristocrats were in long pews at the back of the hall,seated based on the power held by their respective countries in the Four GreatContinents - Bourbonia, Rocaseo, Fosfora and Reginaldi; also present wererepresentatives of the Lesser Continent of Munchausen.The Hall was filled with loud chatter as arguments broke out about issues of tradeand military reduction, and for the Rocaseon Ministers the issue of disputed territories.At the sound of the trumpets all stood as the High Prince entered.