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Jet Black and the Emperors Hand # 8

By John Stevenson

Copyright 2013 John Stevenson

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On the four thousand and thirteen annual-am; on the planet of Thetea-Baroliam, the emperor Karr-Alle-Ecjek; emperor of all fourteen Worlds of the Yeatematite System, was slain in battle. His passing was glorious and fated by both victor and vanquished: for he alone had achieved Barr-el-Amead-II: the single and highest accolade ever bestowed either in life or posthumously. He was entombed amid emotional and extended celebration and mourning, at his castle complex on Yeatamaipo: but not in his entirety.

During the fiercest part of the battle of battle of Thetea-Baroliam, the emperor had been parted from his personal guard and disarmed of all his weapons; except for the ceremonial saber: a short stabbing blade of gold; studded with gems that’s only function was to signify his authority. With a weapon that was in reality a symbol, he fought off all his attackers; spurred his troops, and overcame defeat; only to die in the very last moments of the battle when an enemy soldier: in his own dying moment, sliced the emperor’s arm between shoulder and elbow. The wound was terrible and before he could reach help the emperor’s life ended: but the death of emperor Karr-Alle-Ecjek only served to begin his myth. In the confusion and disorder of battle his arm and the saber disappeared. A fruitless search failed to find either, and the burial took place.

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