The Sound of the Bells - WC5 Story Jan 15, 2019 16:35:49 GMT 10
Post by Hida Tetsuko on Jan 15, 2019 16:35:49 GMT 10
This is just a little side story I am doing about Moto Majid, his origins and how he came to be trained in the Void. It was a lot of fun to explore the nature of Void magic and training. And there will be more to follow after this part.
The Sound of the Bells
Unicorn Lands, 1201
They came north, first as a steady trickle and then more and more. Refugees fleeing Daigotsu Kanpeki’s invading horde. Families, children, the old…and the wounded, veterans from the battles that had swept into the lands of the Unicorn like a raging fire. And not all of those who arrived made it alive.
Ide Hateru was one of many in the camp who saw to people’s needs. She made sure that those who arrived were given food and shelter and made sure that more were constructed as people kept arriving. Hopefully they would have enough, at least until a decision was made as to what to do next.
“Hateru-san, come here!”
Hateru went over to where Ide Noboku was waving at her, her robe dragging across the muddy ground. Another wagon had just arrived full of people, but three people were still on it. Two of them were women, the older woman supporting the younger woman who seemed to be in considerable pain and discomfort. The third was a small boy who sat on the end of the wagon, dangling his feet and staring listlessly into space.
“Can I help? Please, let me get you to some shelter,” said Hateru kindly.
“Hai, we will need a shugenja and possibly a midwife,” said the older woman. “My daughter in law…her time may have come early.”
The younger woman groaned, putting a hand to her swollen belly.
Hateru smiled reassuringly and nodded to Noboku. “Help her to one of the yurts.” She then turned to the women. “You are safe here, there is nothing to worry about.”
The camp was loud and full of people, so many that the boy was looking for a place to hide. He wanted quiet and to not be around so many people, but this seemed impossible. In the end he found some solace with the horses, bedding down in some fodder and going to sleep. Hours later, he was being shaken awake by Ide Hateru.
“Majid? You need to come with me now,” she said.
Majid’s eyes snapped open. “My mother and my sister, they are dead aren’t they?”
Hateru’s eyes widened in shock. “How…how did you know?”
“I dreamed them,” he answered. “They came to say goodbye.”