Violence no matter how justified is still violence,"
War has ravaged our land for the last era, no matter how many pacts and treaties are signed, it makes no difference to the rulers of the land, they will look at any petty feud to begin war. Yet no one sees what they see, they have been blinded by wealth and power. I have protected many a ruler, I was a Varguard, we were bodyguards to royalty. Despite our obvious skill we only existed in the Six Lands Empire, we protected our leaders, they are known as Masters and Mistresses. I myself are dead, died protecting our last Master ,Ardanis, his daughter, Amy is now taking command of our empire and my student, Cameron, as her protector.
The two walked down the hall way, the first person was Mistress Amy. She wore long flowing purple robes, Amy was a vision of beauty her long flowing brown hair and her near perfect face. The second was Varguard Cameron, since birth he had been raised to defend Mistress Amy; he was clad in thick steel plates and carried a massive halberd with a shield and sword strapped to his back. He also was clad in red cape to show he was the Varguard of Mistress Amy, his face concealed behind a visor with only too small slits for eyes and four slits for air. He towered over Amy. They stood before the golden door that marked the entrance to the senate. "Are you ready my Mistress?"
"Yes Varguard, what difference would it make if I wasn't?"
"No difference, this is your first senate meeting as the Mistress of the Six Lands,"
"Because there are many who believe your cousin should have become the Master of the Six Lands,"
"Well it does not matter now let's go," The two entered the grand hall of the senate alabaster pillars lined the hall with oak seats each filled with arguing senators and politicians. Amy took her seat at the head of the room, while Cameron stood beside her perfectly still. After hours of near pointless arguments the senate had ended. Everybody filtered out the hall, Cameron overheard a senator in front of him "That mistress is useless, she is utterly gormless about what was happening we need that extra money to improve the military, she said it was useless and yet she spends money on that muscle bound dumbass she calls a protector, what a bitch," Cameron reacted fast grabbing the senator forcing him into the wall, thrashing his head against the wall, "Take the comment about Mistress Amy back or I will smash your skull open!"
"Cameron put him down! Now!"
"Yes Mistress Amy," he let go of the senator's neck and he hit the ground with a thud. With that all the other members of the Senate ran for their lives. Amy walked up to the poor fellow who was on the receiving end of the Varguard's rage "Senator Thrax, I am awfully sorry that my Varguard lashed out at you, he takes my safety very seriously and anyone who speaks ill of me, well you have seen for yourself, you will receive a settlement for your trouble,"
"Thank you Mistress just keep your attack dog on a leash, goodbye," Amy giggled at the remark while Cameron just cursed under his breath. Senator Thrax briskly walked away from the giant form of Cameron worried at what might happen next. "Cameron you cannot just attack people if they don't like me!"
"You are Mistress of the Six Lands and as such are respected by all not a target for insults by senators who have twisted the law so they are rich and the common man cannot eat,"
"Even so, not everyone will like me and I DO not want an incident like last time,"
"Yes Mistress," the two walked back to the large castle of which they both made residence. While Mistress Amy enjoyed the rest of her day, Cameron followed her and made sure nothing happened to her. If something was going to happen is impossible to say they may have been scared by the 8ft tall man in thick metal armour with a massive halberd. "Mistress Amy, I would hate to spoil your fun, but we must leave for home the senator I attacked is coming to enjoy a meal while you apologise and socialise,"
"You really are a kill joy Cameron, when do you ever just stop to enjoy life?"
"Never because I have to protect you,"
"Isn't that boring and disinteresting?"
"Well it was more exiting when I was assigned to you when you turned 13 and I was only permitted light armour at that time, because you hated me you would punch me in the gut, kick me the shin and at one point you snuck in my room during training and planted a sword in my bed,"
"How old are you anyway I want to celebrate your birthday it would be a kind thing to do?"
"Mistress like you I am 23 and like you I was born on 15th of December,"
"Why is that exactly?"
"Only a Varguard born on the same day as their chosen target can be assigned to them,"
"So the only interesting thing I know about you is still one of you stupid traditions,"
"Never mind, we shall celebrate the day, now you said we must meet senator Thrax,"
"Yes Mistress," Amy and Cameron walked back to the castle they reached the gates of the majestic white stone fastness. Banners of regal blue and red billowed in the wind as they hung from the nigh impenetrable walls. Two guards stood at the gate their shining armour was trimmed with gold, each carrier spears and both were clad in dark green tunics. Upon seeing Amy they bowed their heads "Mistress Amy, glad to see you are back,"
"Thank you guards please open the door,"
"Of course," One of the guards rose up from his knee, he opened the door as the mighty oak doors swung open Amy and Cameron walked into the colossal building "Thank you guard,"
"Cameron, I'm getting ready for the dinner, wait outside,"
"Of course," Amy entered her room, she emerged 10 minutes later in a pure white silk dress
"How do I look?"
"Beautiful as normal Mistress,"
"Cameron, please you do not need to call me Mistress,"
"As you so wish Mistress, uh, Amy,"
"Good, now let us go," The two walked the stone corridors finally reaching the dining hall, Senator Thrax was already sitting at the table with a half-finished glass of wine. Amy took seat at the table while Cameron stood behind her Halberd at his side. Amy spoke "Cameron, please sit and enjoy the meal I would like it if you did, in fact that is an order sit down and enjoy the meal," Cameron bowed his head and sat he removed his helmet, he had brown hair, it was cropped close to the skull. He had a rough face with steely grey eyes, his face was covered with several scars. He poured a glass of wine and drank quietly Thrax spoke up "So, Cameron, any hobbies when you are not protecting Mistress Amy or beating up senators?" While Amy giggled Cameron moved uneasily at the joke he would decapitate Thrax for that, but he was a guest, so he replied "Other than training with the guards, no I do not,"
"Surely that gets boring,"
"Surely blathering on about the military and insulting those who hold a higher station gets boring,"
"Cameron!" Amy snapped quieting her bodyguard Thrax then turned and faced Amy not returning to Cameron for the remainder of the dinner, while Thrax was ready to take his leave Cameron asked "Thrax, don't you think Amy's cousin Ra should have been Master?"
"If this your sad attempt at holding me for treason with a dumbass question like that then you are stupider that you look," Cameron for the second time in one day, grabbed Thrax by the neck and smashed him against the wall "Cameron! Put Thrax down he has done nothing wrong wine will do that to a person,"
"Mistress, I am sorry but I will not stand by while this bastard speaks profanities about your undisputed claim to the throne,"
"He didn't answer; you were going to pressure him into answering,"
"No! It wasn't just that I have proof that he did speak worse and was consorting with Ra to take the throne,"
"Because…. I had the Imperial spies observe him once we left the senate,"
"Why didn't you tell me?"
"You were going to stop me, now I know this heretic needs to die and you have proof that Ra should not be Master and silence those who say otherwise,"
"Cameron, I will deal with Thrax you will put him down and turn all the information gathered about him and Ra,"
"Yes Mistress," Cameron dropped Thrax, he picked up his helmet and weapons, and walked out of the hall.