The side gate has devolved into a crush, so some soldiers have decided to open
the main gate.
The main gate can’t be opened by a single person or two, instead twenty soldiers
work together to move the heavy iron bar that keeps it closed. Once it’s open a flood
of soldiers begin to flee in the direction of the Empire.
Even so, it’s three days by carriage to the nearest Imperial village. That’s
ten days on foot, a soldier won’t make it that far without food and water supplies.
You could make it with a carriage, but all the carriages were interdicted by the
Kingdom Army before they could leave the fortress.
Rudolph van Ceu, the third prince of the Empire is having food issues. He escaped
from the fort with several of his guards on horseback, and was summarily unable to
carry enough food to get him to the
Empire. He settles on visiting a village in the Westin territory to acquire food for
However, the food situation of the village was terrible, there was almost no
food stockpiled, and the merchant hadn’t yet to visit to replenish the stockpile.
It was the worst timing for the prince. He was able to forcibly requisition a little food, but
not enough for his party to make it to the Empire.
“Your Highness, there isn’t enough here. Little food and not even a cart or
“Is there another village nearby?” Rudolph van Ceu
“Perhaps, there may be one about a half-day further into the Kingdom lands.” Soldier
Rudolph thinks about it. He managed to locate enough food for two days, but that’s still
not enough. Should he take a risk and go further into the Kingdom on the chance
of supplies? Or just leave from here and get food on the way back to the Empire?
“It can’t be helped, going deeper into the Kingdom is suicide. Returning to the
Empire is our top
priority. We’ll hunt for food in the forest on the way.” Rudolph van Ceu
Between a carriage and horse, the horse is overwhelmingly faster. The rebel lords
and Imperial officers that attempted to flee in carriages were all apprehended.
Rudolph’s choice of a horse was right in that respect.
“So we got everyone but the fucking Imperial Prince?!” Lieutenant General Simon