Chapter 1: Commencement
The day finally came when I graduated from the academy. My commencement ceremony was held in our elven city, Iscesa. As Commander in Chief, Queen Usha directed the ceremony. In all the lore, she has been said to be independent and fierce enough to command over all the clans in the Myraid. That day was my first physical sighting of our Queen. That day was the most suspenseful, thrilling day of my existence. The sun shone strongly, directing us towards an unknown and anxious future.
Queen Usha of the Elves expressed her speech with such ease and graciousness. Her detailed speech explained our naivety of society and our enemies, that our choices will never amount to nothing, that we are the future leaders, and as such we must understand our people, their people, and our world. Her right-hand officer climbed the pavilion to whispered into her ear, and our soft Queens face froze. Her eyes darkened. Her smile flattened. And she shook off her contempt. Honestly, I was not ready for her next words.
She raised one of her hands, spoke gently and with articulation to everyone in the city,
”There has been an attack. All week there will be fleets leaving for various locations. Officers of the Orders, you will depart first thing at midday tomorrow. ”
After turning off the speakers throughout the city, she leaned on the podium and spoke toward the graduates,
”Graduates, I want everyone who is capable and with desire to join our ranks to aid the Myriad. To keep our peaceful lives amongst us.
I understand that this is information is of a delicate nature and must be discussed. Please visit your families and friends. Your decision must not chosen out of impulse. You all have completed rigorous training on combat and history. It is time for you to protect who you love. ”
She paused for a heavy second and crossed her hands against her mouth and continued,
”Dedicate yourself to your people, and we will be victorious. ”
She smiled and her officer whispered more in her ears. Our queen nodded and excused herself from the pavilion. As soon as she was out of sight, there were many noises around me. I could hear cheering for her thoughtful speech, the sobbing from families, the graduates cheering for their chance to show their loyalty, and pure excitement in the air. I clenched my fists and repeatedly tapped my thigh.
I took a quick breath and grasped a shoulder of an elf near me, ”do you think the Orders in the goblin and demon territory will be joining this battle. ”
His pointy ears twitched, and he shook me off, ”is that even a question? ” He grabbed a handkerchief and rubbed his shoulder and laughed, ”of course they would join. Queen Usha is most likely relaying that message now. ” He glanced at me again and threw the cloth on the ground.
I angrily smiled and moved my hand away from him.
He turned away from me, ”now if youll excuse me waif. ”
His friends frowned at me and snickered.
My ears felt hot and a smiled brightly, ”congratulations on graduating as classics. ”
Instead of going about their own business, they walked toward me and surrounded my front view. I whispered, ”are you going to do something, classic? In front of all these graduates, their families, and some of the officers of the order? ”
They didn move. I slowly took a step back, and continued my low whisper, ”I know three of you have had low offers to join your respected Order. If you do something now, that offer might disappear. ”
I turned around and heartily snorted, ”anyways, I need to get home to my children. ”
As I was still in ear distance, the leader of this group spoke, ”you mean the other waifs and foundlings. ”
Digging my feet int
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