Orphaned at birth, children are trained to become protectors of The Realm. They will learn law, punishment, right and wrong, but above all, they will learn about life.
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A Spear in Flight
In a world not unlike our own, the Realm is protected by men and women known as Spears. For years the Spears have acted as protectors of the people, enforcing the King's justice, and punishing those who would violate the peace.
Children, orphaned at birth, are taken to the training grounds to be indoctrinated into the Spears. They are trained, they are loved, and they are taught the law. From the shelter of their barracks the Spears in Flight are protected from evil, or are they.
“I will not survive this night will I?” she asked of him.
“No,” he said, emotion starting to show as his voice softened. His mind thought of the mother he had never known.
“He will come with me,” the Wooder said. “He is destined for greatness. He will become a Spear. He will serve the Realm and bring you honor. All mothers of Spears are honored, no matter their walk in life.”
He stepped forward, walking between the bed and Kateryn. “One can accept what happens if one knows great good will come of it.” He knelt, taking Christine’s hand in his.
She felt the calluses from years of long training with weapons, the muscles from many days exercising to the point of dropping. Her eyes searched the shadows of his cloak to see what he looked like, but his face was still hidden in the shadows.
“I will see the one who comforts my soul…” she started, but her body was hit with another bout of pain from the birthing.
“The baby finally comes!” exclaimed Lattice.
The room lit up from the flash of a massive bolt of lightning. The illumination showed Christine the face of the Wooder, and she calmed. He was a handsome man, with a kind face. His eyes told her he was sincere with his claim. They also showed great sorrow, knowing she would not be long in this world.
“Will you look after him?” she asked, gasping with the pain.
“I will not, but there will be many who will love him. He will train hard, and he will gain heart. He will know much love from his companions and friends. He will be a just and fair man who will have the love of the Realm at his feet. He will save many lives, and be a great man. You will be proud as you see him from the seat of the Great Protector, the one brother of the Five who looks over us. Be at peace, mother of Spear, bring forth your child. I will be here for you and guide you to the afterlife.”