Thallus looked out into Castle Town from high above from a window in one of Hyrule Castle’s large towers. There was a cool breeze coming through the window, a few clouds blotted out the sun here and there. Today was just like any other day, another group of cultists were being executed in the courtyard, priests shouted God’s word through town on their stands, and he was in the castle awaiting another court meeting. Thallus turned at the sound of foot steps to see his friend Brother Regol. Regol was wearing his bloody doctor attire, with his bird plague mask and hat; his belt had a syringe and multiple containers. “Brother Thallus the court has gathered, they await your arrival.” Regol said as he closed in on Thallus.
“Very well, I suppose that means everything is in place Brother Regol?” Thallus asked as he gave one last glimpse out the window to see an axe execute the final cultist for the day.
“Of course Brother Thallus all is in place. Everything will go according to plan and we shall convince the people once and for all the dangers of the cultists.” Regol replied in a firm tone. Thallus smiled, Regol was his most loyal subject and one of few who could call him Brother instead of Father. Thallus lead the way to the court room, which was filled with senators and representatives from across the lands.
“You couldn’t have found a cleaner pair of robes or an apron not covered in blood?” Thallus whispered as he looked around the room. The king and Princess Zelda were having a small conversation with a young female Zora from Zora’s Domain.
“What’s the point, it will just get more blood on it.“ Regol said to Thallus as he broke off from Thallus who took his seat in his podium and watched as two guards dragged in a chained prisoner. He was rugged looking and covered in filth, blood stained his torn clothes. They placed the prisoner on the stand before the court.
“The trial for this man, convicted of being a cultist and planning the assassination of multiples leaders of the land, including the beloved King and princess, and the benevolent Father Thallus shall begin now.” One of the guards said as he read from a scroll with the charges and stepped away from the stand. The king rose and any whispering in the court stopped.
“Does thou prisoner deny any of the charges?” The king asked with a raised eyebrow. There was a long period of silence that followed the king’s simple question. The prisoner stood there with his head down.
“No your highness. All is true, the plan was to kiddnapp thy daughter of the king and use her as ransom for rights to allow the cultists to be free of poverty and to live in the day of light again. If that failed, my plan was to kill thy princess along with thou highness and if I was lucky Thallus too.” The court busted into an array of whispers.
“There is no much I can do for you in this mortal world anymore prisoner, but your sins can still be forgiven and you can still live a good afterlife. What does thou say? Do you wish for me to clean your sins?” Thallus said as he stood up and took the stage of attention. The prisoner began to laugh.
“My Goddesses shall watch over me and they shall be the ones to judge all of you!” The prisoners chains and shackles fell off and he reached for a hidden dagger. Thallus looked to Regol who stood beside the king, Regol nodded discreetly. The prisoner threw the knife and hit the king in the heart. Screams rung out from the crowd as they began to rush out. Princess Zelda screamed her fathers name and rushed to his side. Then there was an explosion, followed by two more, Royal Guards began to run in, but not to help who thought they were there to help. They began attacking the senators, the prisoner jumped up into the podium and made his way to Princess Zelda, he raised another dagger, but Regol tackled him to the ground and shoved the syringe into his eye and injected poison right into his brain melting it quickly.
“Templar’s attack!” Thallus yelled, figures in the crowd began to throw off their fancy clothing to reveal Templar Agents, Thallus drew his sword and engaged in battle with the evil Royal Guards. A bloody battle ensued inside the court room, life was lost on both sides, but with several minutes the battle had calmed and the last of the Royal Guards were dispatch.
“Brother Thallus come quick!” Regol yelled in a sincere voice. Thallus quickly made his way to the almost dead king. Princess Zelda lay beside him crying as she stroked his hand.
“Thallus…. Thallus please watch over my daughter… Please watch over my kingdom as well…. Do what is best for it and my daughter…. My dear daughter I love you….” And with those last words the king was dead. Regol closed his eyes and got up and left the dead king, Thallus patted Princess Zelda on the back, who jerked away.
“This is your fault! If you would just leave these cultist alone they wouldn’t be so angry and they wouldn’t have killed half the court and my father!” Princess Zelda yelled before getting up and running away holding her dress up.
“She will learn in time, she will learn.” Thallus said thinking he was talking to Regol.
“Ahhhhhhhh!!!!” Regol yelled. Thallus turned to see a dark hooded figure standing next to Regol who was on his knees holding his neck as blood poured out. He then fell on his face breaking his beack mask and passing out. The figure dropped a note and faded away into sand as if a gust of wind hand blown down a stand statue.
Thallus bent down on his knees and read the note.
You have gone to far this time Brother Thallus. With each passing day you interfere with what the Goddesses created, you break away the chains of our own doom, turn back from your ways, For this time I will only take Brother Regol. Next time I will eventually come for you….
“Much talk from one who does not face me. If you think you can challenge me, I dare thou! For I am the path to salvation for this wicked land and this world! The Goddesses shall be nothing more than a mere myth when I am finished with them, this land will come to worship me as a god for bringing order to it! Let the games begin!!!” Thallus yelled through the court room, he sounded like a mad man yelling at the wind. Nothing but bodies and broken chairs littered the ground.
Sand grains began to collect together at Thallus’ feet. They came from all across the room and came together and formed a chess board. Thallus moved his first pawn.
Five Months Later…
Thallus was in Castle Town Square sitting on the edge of the fountain. He had his cloak on as to hide his presence from the people. He watched as a witch trial was being held, an old woman had been convicted, probably innocent, but Thallus didn’t care. If it took a couple sacrifices to ensure the rest would maintain order and follow his command so be it. The witch now begged for forgiveness and asked for mercy. The priest stated that she had been forgiven and that God would give her mercy, but only in the after life. The chair which she stood on was knocked over and the hanging was over. A plague doctor declared her dead and ordered the body to be buried.
Thallus decided to go for a walk through town. He passed by the Temple of Time that had been constructed to honor the Hero of the Twilight and how he vanquished the evil Ganondorf centuries ago. Most believed it to be a legend, Thallus knew it was more, but decided it be regarded as nothing more than a legend and had the temple redesigned into a Templar Church and hospital.
“Father Thallus!” A voice called from behind. He turned to see that one of his messengers running on foot with a letter in his hand. “Father Thallus a letter has come for you.” The messenger said as he handed Thallus the note and ran off. Thallus broke the wax stamp on it and opened it up to find an old yellow letter.
Father Thallus, we have successfully eliminated another of the sages. You may cross off the Sage of Water from the list, all that remain are the Sage of Fire and Forest. We are still awaiting on a body for the Sage of Spirit. We will begin heading for the Lost Woods to search for the Sage of Forest. Pray for thee Father Thallus…
Good news always appeared at the best of times it seemed. Thallus watched as the chess board came to life before him once more. His opponent had many pieces missing, his side had lost but a few pawns. All that remained on the other side was the Queen, King, Bishops, Rook, and a Knight, but Thallus moved his Bishop and took the Knight leaving the other board with five pieces. The board was gone in a vanish. “You have gotten very good at sneaking up on me.” Thallus said as he greeted Regol. While Thallus had thought that Regol was surely dead with the wound to his neck, his mages were able to heal the wound, but couldn’t save his voice. Regol had become more to resemble a dog, following Thallus even more than usual, watching over him, he was already increasingly scary with his plague mask and doctor attire, but his silence even gave Thallus the spooks.
Regol handed Thallus a note. “Hyrule is at your knees, but yet they resist to invade Termina and purge it of its sinners the cultists. Princess Zelda is the rallying point for those who oppose us in politics. She has been a pain in our side for too long, let us set up another assassination Brother Thallus.” The note read.
“While I agree something must be done about her, killing her would solve nothing. If the Princess does not wish us to invade Termina forcibly. Then perhaps we can convince the Mayor to welcome us with open arms to get rid of the cultists.” Thallus said as a small smirk grew on his face.
Old Temple of Time in Lost Woods
Demoko crossed legged meditating at his temple enjoying the forest sounds. The chess game came back to him after Thallus’ move. He noticed his Knight was missing. Demoko had felt the presence of the Sage of Water disappear from existence. It was not good, the Forest and Fire were all that remain, since he had lost contact with Spirit not too long ago, her presence was in limbo right now. It was there and not at the same time, but he had to assume the worst. “Oh sweet mothers hear my plea. Your land needs the Spirit of the Hero once more, you have bided your time too long. Your humble servant wishes you to bless thy with the Hero of Legend once more.” Demoko said allowed to the sky above him. The Goddesses had not spoken to Demoko in ages, but his prayers were heard like that of any other.