- Category: Previews
- Published: Tuesday, 08 October 2013 23:00
- Written by Mike Cropo
Wolves and Dragons of the Blood: Revelations
“My name is Aricia Leonidas… I am one of six Queens of the Lycavorian Union.” She answered seeing the surprise on Saydia’s face once more. “My people do not run from the enemy very well Sovereign Regent Daret. Any enemy. It’s not in our nature. Your people stood with us bravely and we recognize this. Our mate’s brother is going to bring your daughter to the surface as soon as we are done talking. Your people are being fed… though our combat rations are not the tastiest food they will ever have I’m quite sure. My fellow Queen and wife Anja Leonidas is seeing to their medical needs if any.”
“You are… you are a Queen?” Saydia gasped in surprise.
“Mother… this is the Queen of the Lycavorian people. One… one of them anyway.” Namiri declared.
“There is no Lycavorian Queen! There is no King! The Lycavorian government was destroyed when the Svorag attacked that planet!” Perlyea snapped from the side of the bridge now. “You are lying! You are lying to us! All of you lie!”
“Perlyea remain silent!” Saydia hissed angrily.
Aricia shook her head slowly in disbelief at the ignorance of some people. “Forgive me… I am not in the best of moods at the moment. We have come a long way to find our people and when we do… we discover these Kintaur fools trying to turn them into slaves! Our husband and King did not like this in the least and he made them pay the price for their misconceptions. As our beloved husband is fond of saying… we can do this one of two ways. We have no desire for a conflict with you and we even assisted your people here on the surface. They are fine troops by the way, and very well led. You can see one of our ships on your sensors… but if you enter this system and attack that ship… the other forty will appear and our husband and mate will order them to blow your arrogant asses out of the stars.” Aricia finished in a rather blunt and final tone of voice. “How is that for diplomacy and first contact? It’s your choice to make.”
Saydia could not see Helen rolling her eyes in disgust at Aricia’s words. She had arrived on the surface only a few moments before the transmission and helped Tobia convince Martin to allow Aricia to make the initial transmission since the Tasmor were a female dominated society. Helen should have known better though, Aricia Leonidas like Anja and Martin, could be as blunt as a sledge hammer at times. This was one of those times.
“Drenia… what is on our sensors?” Saydia gasped.
“Nothing that we can see Sovereign…,” Drenia answered. “There is still nothing on the sensors except that one ship and the disabled Kintaur vessel!” She exclaimed.
“Twenty seconds to entry of system!” The voice echoed.
Saydia returned her gaze to those beautiful azure blue eyes eyes in the transmission standing beside her daughter.
“I have twelve ships!” Saydia spoke.
Aricia nodded her head. “We have forty-one. And two of them are twice the size of the ship you can see on your sensors. We are not looking for a conflict… but if you want one… it will be very short I assure you. And all of you will be space dust!”
“Mother please listen to her!” Emylea pleaded. “She is telling the truth mother. I am on one of the ships you cannot see! It is huge mother! Their technology is… it is beyond ours!”
“Mother… I told you Tobia is on the surface with me.” Namiri spoke once more. “She urges you to be wise and use your intuition.”
Saydia’s mind raced back to the moments she and the Pralor Tobia had shared. Tobia was a soothsayer almost and could always say and do things to put Saydia at ease. She was also a very good lover in their bed and though they had parted ways it had been on excellent terms for Saydia realized Tobia was still very much in love with another. Truly, Tobia was one of only three Pralors that Saydia had any faith and trust in.
Saydia turned to Drenia. “Drenia… give the order to power down our weapons.” She stated.
“Sovereign Regent I protest!” Perlyea spat as she moved forward. “You can not allow them to dictate to us what we will do! We are Tasmor!”
Saydia ignored her. “Captain Drenia, please issue the order to power down our weapons and prepare to enter the system. Pass the word to all ships that we are dropping to medium alert. We do not know what is happening and I will not risk our people and ships against an unknown force.”
Drenia nodded her head in relief and turned to begin issuing orders. Saydia turned back to the image of the man in the transmission. “I have done as you ask.” She spoke. “I ask only that you do not hurt my daughters.”
Saydia saw the woman smile now and bare some incredibly vicious dual wolf fangs unlike any she had seen before. However her eyes told Saydia a different story and she felt herself relax somewhat.
“We have no intention of hurting your daughters.” Aricia told her. “They and your other people helped mine. They were willing to die fighting these Kintaur fools in protecting my people. We don’t forget things like that. We have daughters as well Sovereign Regent, eight of them in fact. To show you that we are not an enemy I will even put your daughters on one of our transports and we will shuttle up to your ship when you obtain orbit.”
“And after that?” Saydia asked her.
“Our husband will allow you to maintain a defensive posture if you wish… and we will order a few more of our ships to appear so that you know what you would have faced would have been suicidal.” Aricia told her. “Then I suggest that we all return to the surface so that we can talk.”
“Talk?” Saydia gasped. “I want my daughters and our people back! We have nothing to talk about!”
Aricia’s smile was not pleasant this time and Saydia almost sensed that. “Oh… but we do have a lot to talk about Sovereign Regent Saydia Daret. We need to talk about where you have taken all of our people that survived the Svorag attack on this planet. We would like them back if you don’t mind; every last one of them. We will see you shortly. Spartan Two is clear!”
Saydia looked at the transmission in shock as it ended abruptly. What had she just opened the door into she wondered.
THIS IS AN SCI-FI/FANTASY NOVEL ORIENTED TO THE MATURE CROWD. IT HAS GRAPHIC LOVE SCENES AND MULTIPLE PARTNERS IN SOME RELATIONSHIPS. IT HAS VIOLENCE AND EXTREME LANGUAGE IN SOME PARTS. IT IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. I HAVE RECEIVED PERMISSION TO USE THE IMAGES ON THIS SITE FROM THE DIFFERENT INDIVIDUALS, OR TOOK THEM FROM THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. THOUGH MANY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE IMAGES DO FOLLOW THE STORY, THEY ARE IN NO WAY INVOLVED OR ENDORSE IT. AT LEAST NOT AT THIS TIME. WHO KNOWS IN THE FUTURE.