We Are Saints #3: Sides of Treewedgs
Issue #1: Chaos at the Mark
Treewedgs had seen it a long time ago. He was the first caster to that new kingdom of the Mark. About a couple thousand turns ago, this place was nothing but ruins. The soon-to-be-kingdom of Olympia had captured what used to be the capital of the proud side of Omega, which by that time was only a ruin. The Overlord of Olympia had named the new city Grease. The powerful chief warlord John had administrated the city for a long time. It was a magnificent level 4, and prospered for quite a long time.
The chief warlord got demoted after the battle of the Crispy Snow fields to the forces of the noble prince Carl, son of the mighty ruler of the same name. John then became an important part of Grease, which took off as a very nice project. On those days, Treewedgs only cared for the next day and the day after that one. He liked peace. And
peace waited for him… as long as he did not see those things.
On the turn he was popped; during the first turns of the soon-to-be-kingdom of Olympia, in the new city of Grease, he made his first prediction ever: Olympia would become a mighty kingdom. And so it did. He watched the side grow more and more and more. His demoted warlord became the chief warlord once again because of the need of a higher-level commander-in-chief. Tree had seen that one coming.
One of the problems of the kingdom was the war with their ongoing neighbors of Roma. Even though battles were a nice sport, the king was growing tired of it. And with the battle, he got tired of his chief warlord John, too. He ended up setting him up in a suicide mission against Roma. Chief warlord John made an excellent job out of what the king had given him. He resisted in the city of Guild for twenty full turns before croaking, waiting for reinforcements that never arrived. Treewedgs had seen it. Treewedgs knew it would happen.
His Duty crumbled when the king asked him personally if he had seen something, anything related to chief warlord John’s death. Treewedgs knew that if he told him what he did see, the king would dispose of him. His Loyalty crumbled, too. That turn as the first turn he lied to his king. This was the first of many lies.
The king, however, did a major mistake. After his brilliant tactician died, so did his kingdom. The enemy side of Roma soon took all of the cities Olympia had at first taken away from them. The kingdom of Olympia became once again a small side of three cities. It was the battle at the Shaken Spear that would decide the fate of Olympia.
Olympia lost the battle, and its capital, too. Treewedgs didn’t see that one coming.
The emperor of Roma sent his son to start a new side; a glorious side. They captured Treewedgs and put him under the new king’s command. The new side was called the Mark. The emperor of Roma gave his son a lot of money and units to start the new side. The first thing that popped into this new side was her. With her came the destruction. Treewedgs saw it the moment he saw her. The Turnamancer Amelia would cause the fall of the Mark. He did not tell this to his “king”, for he was not his real leader. In those turns they had chained him to the situation room. They tried to talk to him, but he wouldn’t say a word. Those days he lived through his predictions, which he didn’t tell to anyone.
When they brought her, they used her to turn him. He was part of the Mark now. She was also useful at other stuff. She dropped the time needed to pop a royal heir, which the king was desperate for.
Those turns, Roma and the Mark continued their expansion towards the south. The emperor of Roma was a vile man, and the king of the Mark knew it. So, he attacked his own kin for the greater good. There was nothing good in croaking your own father. The king popped his first royal heir and two more after that one. Those were Claudius, German and Livy.
With the time, Treewedgs had another prediction about the fall of the Mark at Amelia’s hands. This time, he told his king about it. The king, paranoid as he was, ordered his chief warlord -who was with him at the Shaken Spear at the time- to kill Amelia. He did not succeed, for him and the king got croaked soon after he gave the order. And so, the king died and Amelia lived.
The kingdom went to German, the royal heir. Treewedgs then saw a lot: German’s son would suffer from madness and his brother Claudius would be responsible for his destruction. Treewedgs had never failed a prediction… and this was not the exception. After German’s destruction, the kingdom didn’t go to Thelma, as it would normally do. The king had made Claudius his heir designate, above even Thelma.
The Mezon revolution altered Claudius’ pacific kingdom, along with Thelma’s sudden madness. Nobody knew how it happened. It just did. Claudius, fearing for what would happen to his kingdom in case he died, made Fort his heir designate, just like his brother German did.
It was coming to an end, and Treewedgs knew it well. He had seen this happen, too. Amelia would cause the destruction of yet another great emperor. And she, along with him, would carry her curse to their next lord. The life of King Claudius would end this turn, along with the life of many, many others. He knew it, because he was cursed, too. Now, in the Shaken Spear, it would all end.
But he would go on, as the first and last caster of his rulers. Until the Titans took him away.