This is a work of fiction. It contains scenes and descriptions that may be disturbing or frightening to some readers. The author does not intend to promote or condone any violence, cruelty, or harm depicted in the story. The story is meant for entertainment purposes only.
Elysia Emberwind lives a life of hedonistic pleasure. She delights in the city’s nightlife, much to the dismay and disapproval of her father, Gandrym the Enchanter. Some believe her behavior stems from the trauma of losing her mother at the early age of ten. Others say it is a way to enrage her father, whom Elysia blames for not being there to protect her mother.
Gandrym was absent on that fateful night. He learned of the murder too late to avenge his wife. The Royal Court had already tried and executed the men before his return. They beheaded them and burned their corpses in a pit of garbage and waste. This was the traditional punishment for criminals in the kingdom at the time. Gandrym blamed King Aldric, even though he had no role in the trial and punishment, for his lost opportunity to exact revenge. The wizard became an adversary of Aldric and his kingdom that day.
Today is Elysia’s nineteenth birthday. Instead of celebrating with her father, she plans to seduce a Knight of the respected King’s Guard. An act she knows will further torment her father.
It is also the third day of a seven-day festival proclaimed by King Aldric. He orders the week-long celebration to mark the seven years of prosperity of his reign. He plans the festivities to culminate on the nineteenth birthday of his twin children, Ryder and Bella.
The city is alive with citizens from all parts of the kingdom. The Royal Guard is in the city streets, to both keep peace and prove Aldric’s devotion to his people. Even his personal guard, High Commander Jacob Aeurelius, is to be present in the crowds.
All food and drink are from the castle’s provisions. The food is plentiful and there is abundant ale and wine. It is the King’s hope that the celebrations will become legendary.
Three members of the King’s Guard walk by the Velvet Veil. The brothel, as always, is busy with pleasure seekers.