The Story Begins

“Brother! Tell me about Sir Etan again!” 

 

“You mean your namesake? He is a powerful knight in service to the king. His coming is said to herald the destruction of anyone unfortunate enough to meet his burning gaze.” 

 

“Stop trying to scare me, Anton! Tell me about how he became a knight. I want to hear the story again.” 

 

*sigh* 

 

“Okay, but this time I won’t spare any details. He’s not just a knight, you know. It’s time you heard the true tale. Dad always skips the scary parts, but they aren’t even that scary. Think you can handle it, Etan?” 

 

“Yes brother, I promise!” 

 

“And you won't tell dad?” 

 

“I swear! May the three smite me where I stand! Oh, please brother! I swear it!” 

 

“Okay, okay. Before Sir Etan became the mighty dragon knight, he was a lowly squire known simply as Etan…”

The Trial of Thorns

“Etan was squire to the Crimson Knight, a colossal warrior who came to court from a village in the mountains. You see, the King was holding a special tournament, and knights and warriors from all across the realm came to compete in it. The tournament consisted of three trials. One that tested wisdom, one that tested courage, and one that tested a knight’s power. Only one trial could be entered, and three knights would be chosen as winners of each trial. The prize was an audience with the King and a special reward that the King would present to the knight along with the coveted mantle of Sir.  

 

The Crimson Knight was a mountainous figure, and her abilities in battle were feared by all who encountered her. She was favored to win the trial of power and many were discouraged from entering at the sight of her.” 

 

“I bet mom could have beaten her. Dad says mom was the fiercest warrior he has ever seen, right Anton?”

 

“Not the Crimson Knight, she was a giant among mortals. Her sword was said to be longer than a person and able to cut the head clean off a horse!” 

 

“Wow. She was amazing!” 

 

“She was, but she was also cruel. She treated Etan as if he was beneath her. The road to court had been long, and the Crimson Knight had not been kind to her squire as they journeyed together. Upon arriving at court, Etan made a rash decision that would change his life forever.” 

 

“What did Etan do, Anton? Did he…”

Fight for Victory

“Of course! He was fed up with the Crimson Knight, and decided if anyone could defeat her, it was someone who knew her better than anyone else. Etan was a skilled swordsman in his own right, and what he lacked in raw physical strength, he made up for with bravery, resolve, and unparalleled tactical knowledge. You see, Etan’s mother was a former general who, upon retiring from service, decided to settle down in the mountains north of the castle. She taught Etan everything she knew before she died and left him in the service of the Crimson Knight. It is said that Etan would carry his mother’s scarf with him wherever he went.”

 

“That's so sad. Did Etan win?”

 

“I’m getting to that! The trial of strength was a brutal test of physical endurance, combat ability, and tactical knowledge. Etan’s training from his mother served him well, and eventually he found himself face to face against the Crimson Knight in a combat that would define their fates. The Crimson Knight towered over Etan, slamming her sword down in blow after devastating blow. Etan persisted, watching his enemies movements and waiting for the perfect moment to strike. After what seemed like hours, the Crimson Knight made her final move, a signature overhead slash aimed straight for Etan’s skull. Do do you know what Etan did?” 

 

“Did he…”

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“That’s right! Etan knew that the Crimson Knight’s strength was rooted in the fear that she instilled in others. By not backing down, Etan was able to overcome.

 

With that Etan was declared champion of the trial of strength and made his way to the castle along with the two other knights who won the trials of courage and wisdom. Each winner was granted an audience with the King himself. You see, the tournament was meant to help the king find three individuals worthy of a special task. As winner of the trial of power, Etan was offered a gift - The Greatlance Flamberge. The greatlance was a massive weapon, longer than Etan was tall, its lance made of braided steel blades that resembled bound vines covered in fang-like thorns.”

 

“It sounds terrifying.” 

 

“It was, but not as terrifying as it’s price.” 

 

“Price?”

 

“Yes. You see, accepting the weapon would come with a task. By taking the greatlance Etan would enter into the service of the king, and would have to journey into the heart of Mt. Aerie to slay the fire-breathing dragon that slept there.”

 

“Kill a dragon? That’s crazy! Did he…”

DEFEAT

“Why would he watch from the stands? What kind of story would that be. Maybe you are too young for this kind of tale..."

"Noooo! Anton, please! Tell it again!"

DEFEAT

“No, silly. Etan was no coward. Maybe you weren’t ready for this story...”

"Noooo! Anton, please! Tell it again!"

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