''He isn't fit for the title of Strategos! He is just one of the rotting members of the House of..''
''Say it..Say it and I will make sure you're going to regret it, Council member Tirin...Just spit it out!'' Everybody looked suprised of the sudden outburst of Aedan.
All the time, while the council discussed who should be the new Strategos, the highest military leader of all the troops, under the command of the High King ofcourse. It lasted for more then three full hours and the most reasonable candidate would be Aedan, at least that was told by some members of the Council. Others soon objected and before everybody noticed, the whole Council was split in two : One side who supported Aedan and one side who rather slit their throats then to accept him as their Strategos. The whole time Aedan was just sitting and listened, till Tirin stood up and began about his House.
Some looked at the High King, Peandros Arpero, who also silence and listened to both sides. He looked mad at the direction of Aedan.
''Aedan of the Arianiti! Don't even think of any threats..Let alone say anymore of them!'' Aedan still looked with a murderous glance towards the Council member Tirin. He nod and sat down..
After three more tiring hours, it was done. In about two days, Vinngealos would have new Strategos. Aedan walked out of the Council Temple..With a a sleek look he went to the stables, nearby. There a group of heavily armored and equipped soldiers stood relaxed nearby. When they saw Aedan, they jumped up and one of them went towards him. It was one of Aedans younger brothers, Allistar. Altough Allistar was around the twenty two years old, he had already had some experience in his life. He also knew what the face of his big brother meant, and it wasn't good news.
''Allistar...'' Allistar nodded and turned to the elite guard. ''Soldiers, mount up!''
They all mounted up and started to ride out of Vinnegeal. Aedan rode on his horse in the front of the group. Allistar decided to ride next to him, but didn't said anything. After a while, on their way towards the Arianiti estate, Aedan told them they would have a litte break. Although the estate was a litte mile riding, Allistar knew why Aedan would wanted a break. The men said nothing, but spent the brake to pay attention to their steeds. Aedan walked a smal distance from the men and waited. Allistar stood behind him, but didn't said anything.
When Aedan looks without emotion, it's best to just stay calm and on the background. Only a few were safe for him, when he could get worked up. And altough it would take a lot to get him to that point, Allistar knew well enough that it wasn't safe to test out if he was one of those lucky persons, even not as one of his brothers.
''Allistar...I have need of a trustworthy person to run a errand..'' Allistar nodded and replied : ''Aye, where and what would you have me to do then?'' Aedan said nothing for a few moments and turned around. Allistar spreaded his eyes wide open and almost gasped for air. Aedan had his almost wolfish grin on his face.
''It's rather simple, go so fast as you can to Middas...You should go the inn, named The Red Moon...Seek out a woman with the name of : Armellia Ainsof...Give her this letter, in wich it explains that she should stalk and gather information about the governer of Middas...She knows how to contact me back..''
Aedan handed over the letter and smiled. Allistar hesitated..''May I ask a question, Aedan?'' Aedan nodded. ''May I ask you, how will she contact you?''
''That is rather simple..She will come to visit the Arianiti Estate, when she is done...Don't worry, Allistar, she worked for father, before she worked for me..She can be trusted.''
Allistar nodded and went back to his horse. The guard cast a glance towards Allistar, but didn't asked anything. Aedan went back to his horse and started to ride once more towards the Arianiti Estate, that wasn't far anymore.
The Arianiti Estate was a grand hall with some farmland around it. Aedan smiled when arrived home. Riding in a fast galop from Vinnegeal towards the Arianiti Estate only takes two or three hours, depending on you're speed or that of you're horse.
Aedan commanded the guard to go to their post and thanked them for their accompaniment. They saluted by pounding a fist against their breast and marched towards the small baracks, to report in and recieving the commands of the captian of the Arianiti guards. Aedan went immediately towards his study room. He knew he would have to write more letters...He needed to know if his allies, were still his allies, cause maybe soon...Maybe soon, he would take another step towards his goal...
To unite against the Council and make Vinngealos once more a great nation amongst nations!