Let me tell you a story, a story about a place called “Winter Light” a place like no other, in a world with four great regions. Each region is controlled by two kings and queens and one emperor and empress. but before I tell you more about this place I shall tell you the story of how I began my journey, from the Spring Valley region to Winter Light.
I was once a travelling merchant known throughout the region Spring Valley one of the four great regions. Within each region is an atmosphere like that of what the first part of each name of the regions implies, except for one region. within the fourth region “Winter Forest’ lies a kingdom known as “Winter Light’ or so they say.
For as much of all the citizens of each region knew, “Winter Light’ was a myth. But for some reason as a kid I felt that the four emperors knew something about the lost kingdom, yet denied their knowledge of it. I was fascinated with all kinds of stories, it was my dream that I could venture through all four great regions to further my knowledge of life. But for some reason, I neglected my feeling to ever tell my dreams to anyone. It wasn't that I was embarrassed or that I feared other people's thoughts about it. It's just that I never really thought of them as important enough to tell them of my dreams.
Ten years later I became sixteen years old, still living with my parents and family of ten siblings. I had Five brothers and five sisters, I loved them and still do. I’d always stay thinking to myself of the good times I spent with my siblings and we would always adventure into the Spring Valley Woods looking to find anything of rare value to help our family business of merchants. We would always find amazing new life within the woods. like for instance miniature strong humanoid Spring Golems made of small rocks and natural clay, that can help out the citizens with their littlest of daily work. or even be a good friend by the people's side. We would even find mouse sized Flower Rabbits covered by little flowers that bloomed ever so beautifully with the shining light of the sun, and help the flow of pollen throughout the crops of Spring Valley.
One would believe that our parents were the best parents that a child could ever ask for. They would always take good care of us. They would always have good food to bring to the table even on the hardest of times. Our mother would make us proper clothes to wear when ever we asked of her to make them. She thought of it as a great hobby for the family business to have her children look the part of a nice merchant family so she happily made them. As for the food, to this day I can still remember my siblings and I would always ask mother for our favorite dish that she made, stewed vegetables with pork. For many people it wasn't anything that of a special dish, but for us it was the best that the Spring Valley could ever offer us. And our neighbors took it the same way, our neighbors loved our mothers cooking especially when eating it under the star lite night sky.
As for our father, he was well-known throughout the region of Spring Valley for the many rare items he sold to the people. He sold rare items from herbs to crop tools, and even weapons and armor. I guess you could call my father an all-rounder type of merchant. But under that merchant business man he was a loving father. He would always teach us the balance of trade to selling and buying goods from other merchants. after words he would then teach us survival techniques from his guardian days. It wasn't easy but we continued to go through it seeing as how many of these survival techniques proved to be useful for when time called for it. what can I say, it was basically a good start of life for me.
After four years, I finally became 20 years old and already was well-known for my knowledge and fighting skills. But mainly known as the youngest commander within the 5th rulers Army. The fifth ruler was known as the “Emerald Empress” she was a beautiful Empress, acknowledged for the kindness she gave her people. Yet also uptight acts against criminal organizations within our region. As for me, many people thought it was strange that a member of a wealthy merchant family such as myself would ever want to a be in the Army. But I ignored their comments and continued my path that I believed in. While hoping to be just as great as my father was.
It may sound to others that what I was experiencing was honestly very sad when to be poorly judged by the citizens of my region. But It didn't bother me simply because I thought to myself, they just didn't get to know me better. But with enough determination, I could get the people's positive side and maybe get along with everyone. As for my personal life it was very dull and not much of a flashy type of lifestyle. It's not that I didn't care about my lifestyle yet it was simply that I didn't want anymore misleading attention from the people around me. Therefore I kept my preferences to myself yet kept a positive outlook around the people.
A year later, my determination finally paid off. After a series of good deeds along with my great speeches of the protection towards the people of my region. They finally accepted me for what many have called an impossible amount of determination. It honestly made me feel as if I were living a dream to be a well known guardian commander, just like my father. I was finally at a very satisfying point in life. As for the people around me, they would begin to smile towards me as I took my family of one boy and wonderful wife out on a stroll around the kingdom's beautiful lake that resembled a sapphire under the moonlit sky.
One night while off sleeping into an abyss of comfort, there was what I believe to be pecking sounds on my window. Sure enough as I get up off my bed and opened the window there was an owl. It was a cute feathered little creature with feathers that reminded me of the heavenly white clouds above with sharp wide eyes that beautifully reflected the star light gems of the sky over the heavens. And on the cute owls leg was a note from the Spring Valley knighthood. It was a note to alert all forces that a request for all the knights to head towards the center of the kingdom, yet for some reason I felt this uneasy gut feeling. While watching over the top of the kingdom behind the living room window of my house, that was located on a hilltop covered with white flowers that bloomed ever so beautifully under the moonlight. I prayed for all good to protect my family if anything were to happen. And then so I head out under night sky to the center of the kingdom to meet up with the knights of Spring Valley.
After a while of running towards the center of the kingdom through the dark allies of Spring Valley, I began to feel as if I were being sucked into a void of despair for reasons that I did not know of. Yet continued on towards the center of the kingdom that was located at the castle of the Emerald Empress. As I finally arrived, I saw that the rest of the knights were already awaiting my arrival with what seemed to be confusion on all of their faces. They then spoke out to me asking about what I was doing seeing about how I just arrived last. I then told the knights about how I just recently received the notice from the owl. Afterwards out of blue one of the knights from behind, stabbed me on the side of rib with a short dagger laced with poison. All of sudden the knights began to shout at me calling me an impostor. I quickly then fell into what felt to be an endless ocean of confusion, asking myself as to what they meant by calling me an impostor.