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Sylum Inspiration: Jacob Peter Quill

Medjai: Member


Jacob grew up in a small village in Wales.  He had never known his father, and was told that he had died before he was born.  His mother had a good job as a housekeeper at a local Inn, and was always able to buy shoes and clothes for him as he grew out of them in record time.

He also received a good education, and accepted into University where he studied History with intent to become a teacher.

When his mom became ill he returned home, to take care of her taking a small teaching job at the local boys school.   After she died, he wasn’t sure what to do with himself, and then the War to end all Wars started.

He signed up instantly and found himself fighting on the front lines.  His world changed, when Steve Trevor and a ragtag group of misfits came through the trenches.  When Diana stepped out into No Man’s Land he didn’t hesitate to follow.

It would be a year later he would find Steve and Diana again, and more importantly find his father.  It was odd to meet someone who looked just like him.

He was told about the world of Vampires, and he knew this was his destiny.

Sylum Inspiration: Netjerikhet

Medjai: Co-Leader


Netjerikhet was born into a merchant family. His father was a baker, and he learned the trade from him. He married their neighbor’s daughter, and after his parents died he took over as baker. Tragedy struck when his wife died in childbirth, taking his son with him.

He sold the business, not truly caring about much in his life. He became an outcast, most shaking their head at him in disgust and pity.

His life changed when he was leaning against Thebes’ outer Palace wall, and the young princess skimmed down it, landing on top of him. He yelled and picked her up, holding her still as she fought screaming and yelling that she would have him killed for touching her.

He pointed out she was running away and couldn’t quite use her princess rules if she didn’t want to be one. She kicked him, he scooped her up, walked her back into the palace, into the throne room, and dumped her ass in front of Seti.

He was surrounded in less than five seconds, spears and swords at his throat. He really didn’t care if they killed him for being disrespectful. He pointed at the pissed off princess and stated that she had landed on him while trying to run away.

He brought her home.

Seti had him locked up, then asked around, discovering the tragedy that had befallen the young man. He then called his head of guards Malik, and told him that Netjerikhet was to be trained as a Medjai and guard his daughter.

Netjerikhet asked wouldn’t be nicer to kill him.  Seti liked him instantly.

For the next fifteen years he watched over the princess, Nefertiri. Everyone including Seti was surprised nothing developed between the two of them.

Netjerikhet had heard her startled gasp, and made his way onto the balcony, in time to watch as Seti confronted Anck-su-Namun. He yelled for the Medjai, but they could do nothing to stop her and Imhotep from killing the pharaoh.

When the leader of the Medjai showed up, Netjerikhet stayed with the group determined to see this through. When Imhotep was cursed and buried, his focus was purely on Ardeth. Something about the man made him curious.

When Malik informed him that in Thebes Netjerikhet was being declared a hero for dying to try and protect Nefertiri who tragically died at the hands of Imhotep’s men, he knew his life in Thebes was over.

Ardeth stated he would take them to the Medjai. Netjerikhet decided to confront the Medjai warrior, demanding to know what was going on. Part of him wished he didn’t ask.

It took him some time to get his mind not around the Vampire, but the Mates. He hadn’t committed to anyone after his wife died. And the only he had truly opened himself to was his princess.  Plus there was a lot he needed to tell Ardeth.

After a while he agreed to be Turned, and he was grateful for Ardeth for taking his time for their Mating.

He had to fight his way through the Medjai to earn their respect, but over time, he earned it.

Sylum Inspiration: Aragorn

Medjai: Head of Security

Aragorn was raised with the Medjai, trained to be a warrior since he was born. He was exceptionally good even from a young age.  He rose up the ranks to Captain, and when the time came he was assigned as Head Medjai Guard to the young Pharaoh Tutankhamen.

He was by the boy’s side when he took over the throne when he was ten. He treated him like a younger brother, giving him space to be a child yet push for him to learn how to lead.  He always made sure Tut heard every view point, and took time to think about everything before making judgement.  Helping him despite the pressure at a young age, how to be a good pharaoh.  And when the young man’s temper flared he had no problem smacking him across the back of the head.

Tutankhamen had known about the Medjai and some of their eternal members.  He had asked many times about what it was like to be immortal, but Aragorn couldn’t answer as he was just a warrior.

He was the one who wrote Malik and Ahkmenrah, asking them to visit, thinking the young pharaoh would enjoy talking to the once pharaoh. While the two talked, Aragorn pulled Malik aside to let him know of his fears that there was a plot against the young king. Though he had married, both children had died in infancy, giving him no heirs and he had made many enemies while changing the Egyptian religious and physical landscape.

His main concern was General Horemheb.

When Ahkmenrah informed the guards that Tut’s chariot had crashed, Aragorn got to Tut’s chambers, just as the doctor set his leg. He didn’t like the way his charge looked or the high fever.

He looked over at the two Vampires, no words needed to be spoken.

Malik took him out of the room, for Ahkmenrah could do what needed to be done.

Aragorn demanded he be Turned.

Sylum Inspiration: Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad

Medjai Hunter: Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad

Altaïr was born to Assassin parents: a Christian mother, and a Muslim father, Umar.

While Maud died in childbirth, Umar was executed by the Saracens during the First siege of Masyaf in 1176, in retribution for him killing a Saracen nobleman. Altaïr frantically called out to his father before the execution, but was prevented from seeing his father’s death by Ahmad Sofian, the Assassin who had revealed Umar’s name to the Saracens under torture. Crushed by guilt over Umar’s death, he infiltrated Altaïr ‘s quarters some time later, apologized to Altaïr for his weakness, and committed suicide with a dagger.

Altaïr ran to Al Mualim’s quarters with haste, informing him of what had occurred. Al Mualim told Altaïr not to disclose anything about the incident to anyone – not even to Ahmad’s son Abbas, who would be shamed by the truth of his father’s death. Altaïr considered Al Mualim as more of a father figure than his own biological father, though he was aware that Al Mualim’s love was “weak and dishonest,” and agreed to do as the Mentor commanded. Altaïr and Abbas joined the Order as novices soon after, grew up together and became good friends, always at each other’s side.

One day, after noticing Abbas’ continued grief over his father’s death, Altaïr told him the truth in an effort to console him. Upon hearing it, Abbas turned over in his bed, not saying a word. The following day, the two didn’t speak to each other until Abbas asked their combat instructor Labib if they could fight with real swords, instead of the wooden practice ones. It was then that Abbas revealed his hatred of Altaïr, believing he lied about Ahmad, before attacking him in a rage.

As the two grappled, Abbas held his knife to Altaïr’s throat and yelled that Altaïr had lied about Abbas’ father to shame him. The commotion caught the attention of the other Assassins, the villagers and Al Mualim himself. Trying to quell Abbas’ anger, Altaïr falsely admitted that he had lied, and the two were taken to Masyaf’s dungeon. There they spent a month in confinement before resuming their training. With his crimes deemed more severe, Abbas was forced by Al Mualim to spend an extra year in training, whilst Altaïr graduated to the rank of Assassin.

By the following year, the Holy Land was in the midst of war. In early 1191, Altaïr and his comrades Malik and Kadar Al-Sayf were tasked with retrieving an artifact from the Templars in the Jerusalem Vault beneath the remains of Solomon’s Temple. While progressing through the catacombs, Altaïr broke the first tenet of the Assassin’s Creed by killing an innocent man in their path. Malik admonished Altaïr for his recklessness, but Altaïr arrogantly dismissed him.

Upon seeing the archenemy of his Order, Robert de Sable, Altaïr broke the second tenet of the Creed by confronting his enemy directly. Attempting to openly slay the Grand Master, Altaïr was easily thwarted and thrown from the temple, leaving Malik and Kadar alone with the Templars. Altaïr escaped from the temple and returned to Masyaf to report his failure to the Order.

Once the attack was over, the matter of Altaïr ‘s actions in Solomon’s Temple was addressed once again. It was decreed that in breaking all three tenets of the Creed—as his actions brought the Templars to Masyaf and endangered the Brotherhood Altaïr was marked as a traitor to the Assassins. After declaring his judgement to the entire Order, Al Mualim stabbed Altaïr in the stomach with a dagger.

Altaïr awoke from his “sleep of the dead” and questioned Al Mualim about his survival, with the Mentor answering that Altaïr had only seen what he had wanted him to see. He then stripped Altaïr of his rank and possessions before offering him a chance at redemption, tasking him with hunting down the traitor within Masyaf who had allowed the Templars entrance. Once Altaïr successfully completed the mission, he returned to Al Mualim and was rewarded with the restoration of his Hidden Blade and sword. An official member of the Order once again, Altaïr was offered a trade: assassinate nine men from the ranks of both Saracens and Crusaders, taking their lives in exchange for his own.

Altaïr was able to assassinate the first eight and discovered that his last target was Robert himself. He made his way back to Jerusalem where he met Robert. However, as he removed the helmet of the Templar, he found out that he had not faced Robert but a girl. He allowed her to live and she told him that Robert had made his way to Arsuf. Altaïr followed and finally killed Robert, who revealed that Al Mualim was actually a Templar. Altaïr returned to Masyaf, where Al Mualim confirmed what Robert had said. Altaïr , aided by a number of other Assassins, fought his way to Al Mualim, who had used to the artifact from Solomon’s Temple to enslave the people of Masyaf. Altaïr and his mentor battled each other and Altaïr finally killed him, taking his place as mentor.

(Dilios Note: The artifact is a well kept secret I’ve heard it called ‘the apple’ from time to time but I have not seen it or can I verify it’s existence)

It was at this time Dastan arrived back at Masyaf wondering what had happened. Altaïr told him of Al Mualim’s betrayal. Dastan settled back into Masyaf, and with Altaïr ‘s help rebuilt the Assassin Order.

He set out to find Maria Thorpe ,the woman who had disguised herself as Robert de Sable, and bring her back with him. When returning to Masyaf he married her and in time she bore him a son Darim. A few years later she became pregnant with Sef. It was during her pregnancy that she lashed out at Altaïr . He missed his footing and fell off one of the towers, landing several feet below.

Dastan knew the Assassin Order needed Altaïr, and Turned him.

Sylum Inspiration: Achilles

Medjai: Deceased


Achilles was the son of the nymph Thetis and Peleus, the king of the Myrmidons. Zeus and Poseidon had been rivals for the hand of Thetis until Prometheus, the fore-thinker, warned Zeus of a prophecy that Thetis would bear a son greater than his father. For this reason, the two gods withdrew their pursuit, and had her wed Peleus.

As with most mythology, there is a tale which offers an alternative version of these events: in Argonautica Zeus’ sister and wife Hera alludes to Thetis’ chaste resistance to the advances of Zeus, that Thetis was so loyal to Hera’s marriage bond that she coolly rejected him. Thetis, although a daughter of the sea-god Nereus, was also brought up by Hera, further explaining her resistance to the advances of Zeus.

According to the Achilleid, written by Statius in the 1st century AD, and to no surviving previous sources, when Achilles was born Thetis tried to make him immortal, by dipping him in the river Styx. However, he was left vulnerable at the part of the body by which she held him, his heel. It is not clear if this version of events was known earlier. In another version of this story, Thetis anointed the boy in ambrosia and put him on top of a fire, to burn away the mortal parts of his body. She was interrupted by Peleus and abandoned both father and son in a rage.

Only myth and legend has survived over the years for where Achilles comes from, and most of that is from Homer’s Illiad and Odyssey – which was encouraged by Odysseus.

For more information about Achilles please see Vampire Council Library

Achilles had always been quick, easily healed, and an agile fighter. He caught Perseus’s eye while fighting against mercenaries who were threatening a small village. Perseus swooped in to help the young warrior only to get chewed out for not letting him finish what he was doing. The two became fast friends, and when Perseus told him the truth of his nature, Achilles asked to be Turned.

Sylum Inspiration: Ardeth Bay

Medjai: Clan Leader


As long as there have been Medjai, Ardeth has been their commander.  He doesn’t talk about his life before he met Viduus, jokingly stated he doesn’t remember that far back.

When asked, Viduus will tell you that Ardeth was a good man, a good negotiator, and always took care of those he loved.

(Dilios Note: Rick pointed out – nothing has changed over the years)

Sylum Inspiration: Diana Prince


Diana isn’t a Vampire.  She is from the Asgardian Realm, specifically Themyscira.  She was raised by her mother, Hippolyta and her aunt General Antiope.  Diana became one of the fieriest fighters and trained diplomat.

Though she always felt as if she was missing something or meant for more.

Then suddenly through the biofrost, a bi-plane crashed into the ocean.  Without hesitation she dived into the waters and saved the pilot.  She learned about Earth, and the war to end all worlds.

She knew she had to go back with Steve Trevor to help.  She felt as if this was her calling.

Diana went back with Steve, and followed him to the front to try and stop Ludendorff from destroying the Armistice.  Instead she ended up facing off with Sir Patrick Morgan, who was playing both sides to the middle.

To discover, he was one of Loki’s.

In the mist of fighting him, she watched in horror as Steve Trevor’s plane was destroyed – she then understood his comment ‘I’ll save the Day – You save the world’.

She then finally understood human love and loss.

After destroying Morgan, she returned back to London with Steve’s friends, determined to stay with the humans, fight for them.  For love.

A month later she ended up confronting Jacob Frye and John Rhys, who had a message for her.  She traveled with them to Egypt, where she discovered Steve was still alive.

They explained about Vampires and Clans, and that Steve had been Turned.  He explained she was his Mate, but do to her physiology couldn’t be Turned.  But also because of her physiology she was merely immortal on Earth.

They both ended up staying with the Medjai, working with Henenu aka Henry Jekyll.

Her fondest memory is taking Steven back to Themyscira, where he was trained to fight with her.  Even Antiope had given him some admiration even if it was grudgingly.

Today they live between Paris, where Diana works at the Lourve, and Cairo.  Steve plays her assistant, hiding his spying easily.

Sylum Inspiration: Pocahontas

Medjai: Member

What is left out of the history books, is the fact while Pocahontas was in England, she met Gwenhwyfar.  The two bonded quickly, and when Pocahontas became ill, she came to her side and asked if she wanted to be Turned.

She decided that this was her next journey.

Knowing she could not stay in England or return to her people, she seized the adventure and left to visit the oldest of Vampires to learn more about different cultures and tribes.

She soon became great friends with many of the Medjai tribe, and found her Mate in Immutef.  They both have related to how their lives and names have more myth than reality.  She decided to stay with the Medjai, swearing loyalty to Ardeth.  With help from Scheherazade she wrote her peoples stories and language down.

Today she works in education, teaching children about all cultures and is an adamant speaker for aborigine, first nations, and native rights.


Quick Note: It would seem that the blog had posted an autosave that didn’t actually have anything in it.  Sorry about the delay from epic tech fail.

Sylum Inspiration: Steve Trevor

Medjai: Member


There isn’t much information on Steve’s childhood.  He’s from the United States, and was raised on a farm.  He was always looking for something, and ended up volunteering to work intelligence during the Great War.

Come to find out he was a really good spy.

While trying to find out what General Ludendorff and his pet scientist Isabel Maru were conducting, he discovered they had invented a new version of Mustard Gas.  He stole her notebook, and fled.  During the flight away from the Ottoman Empire, he got caught in a windstorm crashing him just off a Greek Island.

He discovered he was on Themyscira, and had met an Angel.

He told them about the war to end all wars, and how if he didn’t get the notebook back, millions more would die.  He hadn’t expected Diana to come with him.

Taking her back to London was strange, but he admired how she handled all the strange things, though he still wasn’t sure about the ‘Asgardian’ worlds.  She was determined to find General Lundendorff and stop the war.

Steve watched as she took on shockingly Sir Patrick Morgan, but knew it was her fight.  He had to stop the plane from crashing into London with enough Mustard Gas to take out the city.  He  handed her his father’s watch, told her he loved her … ‘I can save the Day, you can save the world.’

He regretted not having enough time with her.

As he sat in the pilot’s seat he took a few moments to hold onto his memories of Diana, before pulling the gun and aiming it at the canisters … just as he fired he startled when ice began to move across the window.

He woke up freezing.

And in the desert.

Steve stared at a boy … who looked just like him. He introduced himself as Jack Frost and he had been so excited to see someone who finally looked like him.

Heneru had sat him down to explain about Vampires, and that if he wanted to stay with his Amazon, he would need to be Turned.

Steven never doubted for a second, he wanted a life with Diana.

Sylum Inspiration: Larry Daley

Medjai: Member


Larry grew up in a working class neighborhood in New York.  He had always wanted to be a professional hockey player, but it never went anywhere past college.  He at first got a degree in business, and started working on Wall Street.

He realized quickly he couldn’t stand the typical 9-5 job.  So he quit to go back to school … this didn’t sit well with with his wife, who wanted more stability.

They ended up divorced and she had custody of their son, Nick.  To make sure not to lose his part-time custody, Larry decided to take a job as a nightwatchman at the National History Museum.  From that he learned to love history, and switched his degree to consider going into teaching.

He became friends with the head night guard, who was set to retire Cecil Fredericks.

It was the perfect job, that let him see his son and get his degree.

Everything changed when it was robbed and he learned about Vampires.

Sylum Inspiration: Aladdin

Medjai: Hunter


Aladdin wasn’t a street rat nor a thief. He’s also not the Aladdin from the stories.  He was named after them or so he states.

He’s the youngest son of the Captain of the guards. And it was obvious since he was a child he wasn’t going to be a Medjai warrior. His father sent him to the Clan, to help work in the library, as he knew his boy was smart and quickly figured things out once shown.

It was here he met Jafar, who cursed at him then fled the room. Aladdin wouldn’t see him for another twenty-years.

By that time he figured out the whole Vampire, Mate situation.

(Reminder: At the moment the wiki is down for Maintenance)

Sylum Inspiration: Iolaus

Medjai: Hunter


In Greek mythology, Iolaus was a Theban divine hero, son of Iphicles and Automedusa.

He was famed for being Heracles’s nephew and for helping with some of his Labors, and also for being one of the Argonauts. Through his daughter Leipephilene, he was considered to have fathered the mythic and historic line of the kings of Corinth, ending with Telestes.

This is the tales and the Legends.

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Iolaus is the nephew of Hercules, just down a few generational lines.

He was raised in Thebes and was a great warrior, married with a family. He had no intentions of being anything other than a good husband, father, and soldier.

But the gods had other ideas, and while journeying home with fellow soldiers, they came across a village being attacked by outsiders. Without hesitation all of them ran into battle, not realizing they were facing far greater powers.

Iolaus was the last one standing.

He swore before he blacked out he saw a large white bird and two men swarmed into battle.

Sylum Inspiration: Hercules

Medjai: Hunter


Born Alcaeus, Hercules was a divine hero in Greek mythology, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, foster son of Amphitryon and great-grandson (and half-brother) of Perseus. He was the greatest of the Greek heroes, a paragon of masculinity, the ancestor of royal clans who claimed to be Heracleidae and a champion of the Olympian order against chthonic monsters. In Rome and the modern West, he is known as Hercules, with whom the later Roman Emperors, in particular Commodus and Maximian, often identified themselves. The Romans adopted the Greek version of his life and works essentially unchanged, but added anecdotal detail of their own, some of it linking the hero with the geography of the Central Mediterranean. Details of his cult were adapted to Rome as well.

Extraordinary strength, courage, ingenuity, and sexual prowess with both males and females were among the characteristics commonly attributed to him. Heracles used his wits on several occasions when his strength did not suffice, such as when laboring for the king Augeas of Elis, wrestling the giant Antaeus, or tricking Atlas into taking the sky back onto his shoulders. Together with Hermes he was the patron and protector of gymnasia and palaestrae. His iconographic attributes are the lion skin and the club. These qualities did not prevent him from being regarded as a playful figure who used games to relax from his labors and played a great deal with children. By conquering dangerous archaic forces he is said to have “made the world safe for mankind” and to be its benefactor. Heracles was an extremely passionate and emotional individual, capable of doing both great deeds for his friends (such as wrestling with Thanatos on behalf of Prince Admetus, who had regaled Heracles with his hospitality, or restoring his friend Tyndareus to the throne of Sparta after he was overthrown) and being a terrible enemy who would wreak horrible vengeance on those who crossed him, as Augeas, Neleus and Laomedon all found out to their cost.

A major factor in the well-known tragedies surrounding Heracles is the hatred that the goddess Hera, wife of Zeus, had for him. A full account of Heracles must render it clear why Heracles was so tormented by Hera, when there were many illegitimate offspring sired by Zeus. Heracles was the son of the affair Zeus had with the mortal woman Alcmene. Zeus made love to her after disguising himself as her husband, Amphitryon, home early from war (Amphitryon did return later the same night, and Alcmene became pregnant with his son at the same time, a case of heteropaternal superfecundation, where a woman carries twins sired by different fathers). Thus, Heracles’ very existence proved at least one of Zeus’ many illicit affairs, and Hera often conspired against Zeus’ mortal offspring as revenge for her husband’s infidelities. His twin mortal brother, son of Amphitryon, was Iphicles, father of Heracles’ charioteer Iolaus.

On the night the twins Heracles and Iphicles were to be born, Hera, knowing of her husband Zeus’ adultery, persuaded Zeus to swear an oath that the child born that night to a member of the House of Perseus would become High King. Hera did this knowing that while Heracles was to be born a descendant of Perseus, so too was Eurystheus. Once the oath was sworn, Hera hurried to Alcmene’s dwelling and slowed the birth of the twins Heracles and Iphicles by forcing Ilithyia, goddess of childbirth, to sit crosslegged with her clothing tied in knots, thereby causing the twins to be trapped in the womb. Meanwhile, Hera caused Eurystheus to be born prematurely, making him High King in place of Heracles. She would have permanently delayed Heracles’ birth had she not been fooled by Galanthis, Alcmene’s servant, who lied to Ilithyia, saying that Alcmene had already delivered the baby. Upon hearing this, she jumped in surprise, loosing the knots and inadvertently allowing Alcmene to give birth to Heracles and Iphicles.

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Though many of the myths are true, a lot of them are based on actual events.

Hercules is a descendant of Persuas, and again the bastard son of a ‘god’. The reality was he was the descendant of the great warrior, and the bastard son of the king. And in typical fashion the Queen was not happy that a servant’s child could get the throne instead of her son.

Perseus, recognizing the situation and reminding him of his own youth, stayed near the child, training him from a young age. In time Hercules grew to become a great warrior, strong, resilient and always helping those in need.

When the Queen tried to have him killed, Perseus Turned him.

Sylum Inspiration: Xena

Medjai: Hunter


Xena committed numerous horrible deeds from terrorism to piracy and murder and at one point became known as the “Destroyer of Nations.” Her journey down the path of evil arguably began when her beloved brother was killed during an attack by the warlord Cortese. Xena vowed revenge and became estranged from her mother as a result.

Xena became the leader of an army and aligns herself with Borias whom she effectively seduced away from his family and the two join forces. The two became lovers and after a time, Xena became pregnant with her son Solan. It was during her pregnancy that a significant event happens.  Xena traveled with her Army to North Africa where she hoped to build an alliance. Subsequent Borias betrayed Xena lead to her being hunted. While on the run, Xena found her way to a powerful noblewoman. Shye cared for Xena as she never had been before, treating her as a friend who was only interested is helping her become a better person. Under her friend’s guidance, she learned to put aside a great deal of her hatred and pain. Additionally, she gave Xena the metaphorical title “Warrior Princess,” intending that she be a major catalyst for change in the land.

Borias and Xena reconcile and renew their alliance, only to break it a final time and to split their forces between them, with Xena proved the stronger of the two. Borias was killed in the forthcoming battle, and Xena gave the newborn to the noblewoman so that he will be kept safe and protected.

Her life fully changed when she’s confronted with Ares, the God of War, in battle. He’s impressed by her skills and has thoughts of bedding her. She refuses him and attacks, only for him to reward her by Turning her.

Sylum Inspiration: Boromir

Medjai: Lead Hunter


After Boromir’s mother’s death, Denethor his father, became sombre, cold, and detached from his family, but the relationship between Faramir and Boromir only grew closer. The brothers greatly loved and highly esteemed each other, and neither in childhood nor in later years was there any jealousy or rivalry between them, even though Denethor openly favoured his elder son.

When the time came for him to go, Boromir hated leaving his younger brother behind.  He knew he would take the brunt of their father’s madness, but he had been called to serve his King and he was duty bound.

Faramir had told him not to worry.

Boromir became King Richard’s Captain of the Guard. He took care of everything Richard needed, even warming Richard’s bed at night. He was the only soldier left standing when the Infidels captured Richard in Jerusalem.  He continued to do what he did best and protect his king.

One day he was dragged out of the rooms they were being held in, and thrown into a dark cell. He had already been whipped and beaten, many times, and each time he refused to scream. He had been surprised at how caring Richard had been when he was dumped back into their room.

This time he knew it was different.

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