Chapter 1 The Uprise
Hi all, before you read this story ill make the notice up here, i probably will mention this at the end. Disclaimers will be posted every few so chapters, i suppose the first chapter isn't at a prime state, ill look into it.
This fanfiction story has snipits of the whole rangers apprentice series by John F. and Brotherband chronicles books 1-4.
I want to point out that I haven't read the 5th brotherband book, Scorpion Mountain yet. So I won't be making any referrals from that story, no worries of spoilers for that.
Chapter 1 Uprise
A clouded, small, but built figure walks into the tangy old bar where all the sleazy sailors drink away their nights. His boots thumps as he walks through the rough tavern. He looks around making eye contact with everyone in the place, his eyes show no emotion but some dark light behind them. Everyone returns to their own conversations. He brings up the nearest stool and sits down on the counter. The innkeeper wipes some mugs with his grimy cloth. The figure looks at the innkeepers hand with slight disgust.
"What can I get yah ye fore'gner?" innkeeper asks.
"Nothing, but information, I suppose you might have a bit of that in your noggin' of yours?" with a silky smooth but imminent low threat stressed in each word.
The innkeeper looks at the small figure with surprise but recovers with a toothy smile, people around here always ask for information, good business aside from the drinks around.
" Why of course! What would you like to know? I have steady price for what information you would like!" with a high pitched voice, flustered with pleasure.
The stranger looks at him with unmoving, icy eyes. -Doesn't say anything. The innkeeper starts to shift nervously. He soon realizes how young this man is. But according to his eyes he also realizes that this is also a stranger that probably shouldnt be meddled with.
"Why, sea to air, air to sea, we can…ah… come to… some agreement.. of course that can be arranged" with some obvious attempt to be good-naturedly.
The shadowy figure nods, he slides his hands across the rough surface of the bar counter. 5 kroners appeared.
"Now there is more where these came from, however it depends on how easily you would cooperate" he stops waiting for the innkeeper to nod in acceptance. "what do you know about the treaty set place between the Araluen and Skandia?"
"Ah.. what I know is that it was …" gulps nervously "was.. a treaty set uniting terms with the legendary Ranger, Will, and legendary Ranger Halt. It was also because to attempted invasion force of the Temujai of the eastern steppes."
Figure nods with acceptance of the information, "where do you think I can find this Ranger Will?"
Tavern keeper responds
"Aye, you can find him by Castle Araluen" in more of a silent voice. "Rumors say that there is a girl apprentice being trained by Ranger Will himself! Quite an extraordinary piece of…..idea" the innkeeper amended looking nervously.
"Quite intriguing, well thank you kind sir, here's your 5 kroners and 2 more for your cooperation, have a nice day" and then immediately walks out. The tavern keeper looks at the swinging door the figure just went out, he thinks, well that was certainly an interesting confrontation.
Around noon, the figure arrives at Ranger Will's cabin. No one was around so he sat on the porch leaving Phoenix grazing through the grass. He takes out a piece of bread and some jam and had a quick meal. -And dozed off on the steps waiting for the Ranger to come back. Soon enough he heard the digga-dum digga-dum of the 2 horses, Tug and Bumper he thinks. He lay still keeping his breathing even. Hearing Pritchard in his mind, having him reminded "keep your breathing even, so your unsuspecting presence being suspected." He smiles a bit of the thought, oh he will have to talk to this Greybeard Halt about an unfortunate death of a great man. And one of the forthmost "relieved ranger".
Ranger Will and Maddie noisey chatter bubbles down to a low murmur, taking this cue they obviously have noticed him. He hears "Be careful this man is armed… armed with a long bow too I might also add…"
Madelyn chitters back, "Of course I see a longbow how do you miss that obvious piece of weapon?"
The grizzled ranger didn't reply, he cautiously motions Maddie to join him, and have his bow down but not drawn, he can draw, aim, shoot in less than a second so there wasn't really much threat… yet. Under the cover, the figure talks, surprising both of them that the voice is evidently really young and also awake.
"Didn't your mentor teach you anything about stealth walking? You two are like two bulls that smelt gorlog's underwear." Ranger Will froze, Maddie too not sure about how the effect of mentioning gorlog was a big deal, but did notice the stealth walking piece of information. Ranger Will replies, "Who should this fellow be?"
The figure stands up abruptly and quickly at lightning speed, stretches and says "Well lets figure that out shall we?" Ranger Will took a double take; the tone was almost like Halt's however, he's not going to let this hooligan know that…maybe not yet. "I am a person, lying on this door step, your dog hasn't bitten me, which by the way she's a good girl, I carry a long bow, have a horse, obviously waiting for you two to arrive…let you judge Ranger"
Ranger Will processed this, with carefully picked words, "That is correct, we don't know who you are and I have no doubt that long bow of yours is a not a bluff and very well you can use it" assessing this figure infront of him, knowing when he was training as an apprentice with Halt, he was on the smaller side, however now can draw a full scale longbow. Never letting size underestimate anything.
"Let's cut the carrot short and why are you here, specifically at my cabin?" the cloaked person didn't respond directly to Will's question, instead he replies
"Hey, I got some coffee freshly grounded from the Arridan country. They make good coffee I'll tell you that" then he adds meaningfully,
"I'll leave all my weapons here" and begins to discard everything literally, saxes, a well-tempered and balanced sword, longbow… Will thought, well we have 2 rangers, one riot one ranger as the saying goes, if this man causes any trouble they can deal with him easily.
They all went into the cabin, Maddie goes out and tends Bumper and Tug. Leaving Will and him inside. Will savours the cup of arridan coffee, its been a long while since he had these rich aroma of good coffee. Araluen makes great coffee, but arrida, the best. The figure hasn't taken off his cloak, when he did, Will realizes how young he was, 17 about he was guessing.
"So, you wanted to know why I am here, maybe I should introduce myself before I go on" Will shakes his thoughts and focuses. "I am Jack, apprenticed to the deceased Ranger Pritchard, I am a half fledged apprentice ranger, second apprentice Ranger Pritchard ever taught, after Halt."
"I specialize axe, saxes, hand to hand, longbow, sword and little kinks taught during training. I realize the importance of getting to Halt, a letter to Halt. Aside from that we have larger and graver news I gathered while in the eastern steppes"
He lets that sink into will's mind. Before he lets Will say anything, he continues,
"Araluen is in danger, the Temujai is mounting an invasion for targeting Araluen kingdom, how will they attack? By sea, something about Araluens causing a problem and loss, during the battle of Skandia. So combining forces with the Magyaran pirates for transporting and helping the attack, they plan to wipe out you guys in 1 year or less. As far as their plan carries." He perfectly executes a raised eyebrow at the mention of the battle in skandia.
"So, how are you doing tonight Ranger Will?"
~~Hello fellow readers,
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