Three Kingdoms Part 2 // A murder & an execution
After 100 years, after the death of Vinlay the youngest of the three brothers, the three kingdoms founded by them were flourishing. The oldest brother Adelis settled by the delta of a large river that met with the ocean. The town grew from a tiny fishing village into a city, with “Adelis the healer” as the king. The kingdom was named “Maryne.” Walden met the woman of his dreams — she was a nobel’s daughter and they fell in love the day he passed through a city on the edge of the plains. She ran away with him and they became nobility in a small cattle village, which they grew into a kingdom that specialized in breeding beautiful, strong horses. This kingdom was named “Kasmer.” Vinlay built a village with his bare hands in the heart of a forest, using the huge trees in the forest to build his house, along with places for other people to live and work. He proudly named this place “Vinlands.”
Their sons and daughters inherited the throne of each kingdom, and each child was taught to hate the descendants of their fathers, who were known to be living miles and miles away. There was one son from Kasmer, Rawley, who questioned why there was so much animosity between the families who hadn’t seen each other in over a century. He traveled to Maryne with a just a few friends, as not to seem threatening to the people who thought of him as an enemy.
When he got there, he came to a garden gate where he met one of the granddaughters of Adelis, Talia. She was 16 and had been taught all of her life to distrust her cousins, whom she’d never met, until now.
“Have you come to spy, cousin? Grandfather said this day would come, when one of our enemies would come to seek our destruction”. She stood a few feet back from the gate, glaring at him.
“I didn’t come here to spy, I just wanted to know why we are supposed to hate each other so much. So far, and from what I’ve been taught since a child, I can’t see why. Maybe if we talked to our families we could arrange some sort of meeting between our kingdoms.”
Talia finally sat down and the two spoke until the sun went down. They talked about their childhoods, the beauty of their two kingdoms and even made each other laugh. They decided to tell their elders about their meeting and explain to them that there was no longer any reason to hate each other. Talia was still in the garden when Rawley went back to the inn where he was staying. He went to sleep that night feeling hopeful about the future, with their two kingdoms working together. After this he would try visiting Vinland.
The next day he awoke to men from the palace breaking down his door. They bound his hands behind his back and one of the men hit him across the face as he tried to protest. “You are under arrest as a suspect in the murder of princess Talia”.
“What? I was hear all night!” said Rawley, the panic rising up inside him.
“You were the last one seen with her. One of the gardeners saw you outside the gate. She said Talia left with you into the forest”.
“When I left she was –” Before he could finish his sentence, he was struck with another heavy blow across his face.
“Save your testimony for the judge”.
Poor Rawley spend two weeks in the dungeon before his execution. No one in the kingdom took his word against the loyal garden worker, who was the only one who had seen him that night. The innkeeper wasn’t around when Rawley came in that night, so he couldn’t testify for him and Rawley’s friends were run out of town. Before his friends were forced to leave, they said that they would come back with an army behind them. They had to dodge arrows as they fled into the forest.
Rawley was beheaded for the brutal murder of the princess, who was led into the forest by two of the gardeners, who actually despised the Princess themselves and wanted to get rid of her. They thought who would be a better scapegoat than the people they thought to be their enemies.
The word got back to Kasmer, king Walden and his queen, that their son Rawley who was their pride and joy and heir to the throne, was to be put to death for a crime he didn’t commit. They sent soldiers on their fastest war horses to get there to save the prince, with a message — “If prince Rawley is killed, you have just waged war with the great kingdom of Kasmer”. The soldiers arrived the day after Rawley was executed, and thus was the beginning of the first great war.