The town of chessnut springs had been a command city for the red ember colony. When the red ember pulled out,bandits,outlaws and mages moved in. Under the rule of red ember,the town had a vibrant administrative municipal government. It crumbled imidiatly after the pull out by the coalition. The town tried to organize a town government after the pull out but it failed. The council members were killed or fled. The town was basically in a sate of anarchy.
There was no one to enforce the law. During the rule of the c.o.r.e, garbage collection and other public utilities were taken care off. That went out the window once the red ember pulled out. There were no police. Farmers and ranchers took mater’s into there own hands. They battled outlaws. They also battled other ranchers and Farmers over water access. Some times Farmers united with other Farmers to fight what they saw as injustice. There was no one to step in aned stop it.
There was organized and unorganized crime. Some gangs were confined to a town. Others had a larger reach. Others were petty criminal. Gangs had been known to fight other gangs.
Then there was the mages. Magic was banned in the federated States most nations banned magic. While red ember banned magic,they turned a blind eye in the outlands. They hoped to appease the mages and those who supported them.
In ancient days,mages controlled population though fear. In the old days,you did what they told you to do or face the consequences. That could be in the form of pestilence,dragons or having your soul cursed. In the olden days,mages used there dark arts to grab land or charge there own Texas in addition to national taxis. Mages even used there magic against kings. Sometimes they propped up kings. They also removed ones they did not like.
With the rise of philosophy,science and the influence of the monotheism of kurios. This caused the influence of the mages to decline. Many abandoned the profession. There were fewer new recruits. Magic became associated with evil. Many came to see mages as egoistical pragmatist.
While mages declined every where else,they thrived in the outlands. While they had a reputation as being mean,fearc and whimsical,they providd stability in unstable areas. In the outlands,they were tolerated. Manny war Lords saught them out.there help always came with a price.
The f.s.a had not totally moved into the outlands. There control was mostly confined to the borders. They had little influence in the interior. The goal of the f.s.a to toalty route out mages. That was proving to be a harder task then what they had anticipated.
The most feared of all of the mages in the outlands was elikon.elikon was a master mage. He was called the silver mage. While his fellow mages revered him they also feared him. He had no interest in being loved adored or even liked. He wanted to be feared. It was sad that he had no friens.not even fellow mages.
Elikon had made a kind of non aggression pact with the red ember. Then he switch sides and supported those opposed to the ocupation. Then he betrayed them. This gave him power and wealth. He got rich off protection money and tributes. It also made him enemies.
Red ember made several attempts to asasinate him. They failed. They tried to convince other mages to turn against him. That was a huge disaster. This caused his influence to grow not wain. He calmed he was the reason the coalition withdrew. He believed he could do the same to the f.s.a. he had come to see himself as almost invincible. He came to see himself as a god.
No one was truly invincible. It was a common delusion. The evidence made him think that he was. This dilusion grew and grew. When they were duluded they were the most dangerous. Elikon was no different.
One of the mages underling came to see him. He was summoned. That garentined no protection. Breathing was a risk around someone like elikon. The younger knocked on the door. The door was opeed. The mage greated him.
“Excellentcy! The Marshall nears chestnut springs. “The younger mage said. Elikon wore a long silver robe. He carried a large wound in his hand. He ad long flowing hair and beared.he was eight feet tall. “Did he get my message?”he asked. “Yes! He has not turned back!” The he mage said. “Not that u expected him to. I like a challenge. I welcome his opposition. I love opposition. I love having an enemy. I love putting them down like a junkyard dog. This Marshall won’t have a chance! ” The mage said.”why not kill him?” The other mage asked. ” The fsa will only replace him or send in the army. No we need to send a clear message. We need a public face for the imperialist. We need a poster child. Trust me I know how to defeat empires. Believe me I will!” He said.
End of part three.