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Both Arasil and The Pope stepped out of the stairwell and into the inner court room. The tall, illuminated windows bathed the entire room in a variety of colours, mostly warm colours where the throne was sat and cooler towards the back. Most of the room consisted of dark wooden furniture. This was decorated with plenty of colour and tones. Each pew of seats was denoted with animals, saints, God’s and Goddesses depending on what the seat was commissioned to. Though colour really wasn’t a factor in this space. It was like an artist decided to have a field day and completely forget they were being put into a royal house space. Arasil liked this space the most. The diversity was what made it work. If the space had been some boring dark wood or stone he suspected no one would have appreciated the space nearly as much. Looking at the massive white stone columns rose to the arched ceiling. Which he had to remind himself, were just as detailed as the pews in front of him.
The room was only meant to hold 100 people at its maximum, though in this age the royal family numbered well into 300 occupants. So this year only Arasil’s immediate family had been allowed in. Cousins twice removed or more would be waiting in the Cathedral across the way. His immediate family had the privilege to see their King before any of the soldiers or common folk.
20 people sat in the small room, talking amongst themselves, in a room that had only recently been modernised. Comfy couches, heaters, fans and plenty of food had been set up for them all. The younger children were currently playing with a variety of games and toys, probably mercifully left by the butlers, and were engrossed with blasting zombie men in the head. Arasil’s oldest cousin, Varsil, was one of those people who seemed interested and wanted to join in but was pretending not to look. Funny considering the man was a known archer and was nearly always itching for a fight or show off his prowess in front of people who wee willing.
Most of the adults and the rest of his family, however, tended to keep the TV on. They liked listening to the other countries that made commentary but it gave them an undisputed look into the other countries and their image of Zerus. Sometimes the news was nice, other times it was blatant criticism. though they all had one thing in common and that was who on Earth were they? The current reporter on the screen was from somewhere called “Chile” if Arasil was recalling correctly. From a general standpoint and not knowing the language the reporters seemed to be treating them kindly. Even going as far as comparing him with a couple of their Gods and Goddesses.
When The Pope cleared her throat everyone turned to the door. They scrambled from the couches to the pews near the throne and stood assembled from the most important to the least important. His younger sister was first, followed by his great aunt, her children then his other aunts and one uncle with their children following in a suitable position in age order.
“I hereby decree that by the blessing of Queen Maris, Arasil Elo Zamos Firnhall is your new King. He shall be henceforth known under his new reginal name as King Ezrick. You may proceed to give your loyalty.” The Pope finished her small statement and Arasil walked to the standing platform. The light from the mid-sun warmed him from the inside as he settled himself on the oldest and intact throne in the Kingdom. The warmth spread and eased him and his steadily rising nerves.
He instantly heard the audible gasps from some and saw shocked open mouths from most of the others. It was a sight to see. It was something he didn’t think would be as amusing. His transformation was very clearly a Settling on the raised platform each member one by one pledged their allegiance to him. He sensed animosity from one of his younger cousins but he was so far down the list of heirs it would likely not result in anything worrisome.
Arasil watched his younger sister, Amriel, approach with the grace their own mother had possessed. She was equally as endowed in heritage as he was.
Nothing really held her back from the pompous display of “heritage” and she merely did what she wanted, to a degree. She respectfully did with the ceremony and kissed his cheek before she stood right at his side. Everyone knew that she was going to be his right hand woman, wether others liked it or not. Arasil knew however that she was more than that, she was his best friend. Not that it would ever be established outside of closed doors. His great-aunt walked up and swore her allegiance without much fuss before she made her exit out of the room and waited for one of her children.
The list went on until the problematic cousin, Etair, came along. The walk she did was slow. Deliberate to keep attention solely on herself for as long as possible. Amriel was already itching to fight with the woman but held back all her intentions when The Pope barked her order.
“We do not have all day your highness. A bit quicker if you would.” Etair realising she was pushing her luck just a bit sped up and arrived at Arasil’s throne.
“I offer my services to you your Majesty.” She took his hand and gently kissed, not forgetting to dig her fingers into the skin of palm as a signal of her unhappiness. Hindsight would have been a beautiful thing in this moment for Arasil, but he would later regret letting his decision to safely wave her away.
The air around Etair changed. She looked Arasil square in the eyes and the silent promise of death unshakeable from her eyes. If she had been armed in this moment she probably would have been able to defeat him and his sister before anyone got to the throne. Yet she thankfully wasn’t. Nothing was more shocking to the siblings than witnessing a cousin, ruled by jealousy, walk away from their clutches with a poised swagger.
“I think we need to keep things moving don’t you?” Amriel said. She offered her arm to her brother and helped Arasil walk to the next set of doors.
A small row of steps again and they were entering the main hall of the church. The neat rows of Palace guards and the various squadrons of Air, Naval and Army forces standing stock still at attention. It was a sight to see them all there and acting so diligent and honoured to be there. Not like they had done that for him when he was growing up. Though the loyalty that these soldiers had to the crown was the one of the reasons why they were still here. Unquestionable loyalty and a fierce blood-thirst to stop whoever may cause harm to the one who wore the crown.
The three women standing as the Generals of his forces saluted, dignified and wholly able to decimate an entire army no matter where they were. Arasil had only met them once before this, on his mother’s death bed where they had all promised to keep him safe. His mother’s last wish before she died the next morning. The air around them was electrifying and dangerous. Opposing personalities that very rarely met unless there were dire needs to be together. Rumour has it that once a very long time ago the trio had been best friends but a mission had gone wrong. They had never spoken about the details and they had gone their separate ways, each equally as formidable as her foes.
They all stepped forward in turn and pledging their allegiance, their soldiers resounding in a quick loud succession afterwards. Genral Bartona and her Navy fleet left first. She was swiftly followed out by General Lunar and the Airforce after. Genral Iftu was last and paid particular attention to her own protégée, Amriel. The latter nodded her head to her mentor, who left without much of a word. As they all left to walk down the steps leading down from the Apostles Church it happened. Their armour that had graced his mother’s colours began fading from the light baby blue hue to black and royal blue. It was clear that the soldiers had been expecting a different colour to come out. Some seemed disappointed. The crowd bellowed in excitement at the change. People racing back and forth to hand out winnings and losses. Stands began selling out like hotcakes with the merchandise representing the new colours.
He would prove them all wrong. He would not let people disregard him just because he seemed weak to them. This included the other nations who would be looking down on him or want to invade his precious country.
20 personal guards were left in the hall. His own personal guard. They would walk him to and from his activities across the castle as well as being the only ones allowed to be in the personal wing. He knew them all by face and would be the one personally responsible for picking any of the future guards he had. They were the best of the best. To be one of the guards or to even be chosen for the position they needed to have several recommendations from any one of the Generals. They needed to be scrutinised through a year long training regime, often resulting in practice rounds to the death. They needed to have above average scores in all their academic studies as well as being visibly fit for the job. It was the hardest job and not many potential candidates. If he lost even one guard he was placing a burden on the other 19 men and women protecting him. No unnecessary action so that he could make sure their lives were just as easy as his job.
Making the protective circle around him they began their descent to the Cathedral. His sister walked first ahead of the group, being mindful of the space she kept between the guards and the crowd. Looking every so often behind her. She led with her head held high and the confidence made her regal. The crowd were hollering and screaming as they saw him walking. He allowed himself to wave and smile. Trying to appear collected and calm.
The reporters who had been patiently waiting outside turned when they found the doors and the royal family being escorted by the other guards. They commented erratically on the colour scheme that had appeared and the cameras eventually honed in on him.
“Well there you have it Ladies and Gentlemen. The newly appointed King is confidently walking out of the Apostles Church and heading straight into his own wedding. I am sure that whatever happens in these next few moments will be cemented into the History books. Now if we run through potential candidates for his Majesty we can try to make a guess depending on his colours now. Instantly out of the batting will be those who have assigned themselves to Green or Pink colours as well as the secondary characteristics of Red and Orange. Candidates of Yellow, Purple, White, Blue or Black will be able to have a fighting chance of keeping his Majesty’s eye. Though there are very little candidates in these categories. If the King does not find a partner in these levels he is allowed to have a pick from the other colours. If no candidate is chosen from the bunch today then the floor is open to any relevant female partner that is above a certain station in the Kingdom or further afield. We now direct our attention to the inside of the Cathedral, where our reporter Donver Pascaleis is waiting.” Said one American News reporter who passed the baton over to his counterpart waiting in the Cathedral itself.