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Re: THE ZENA SCROLLS: CHAPTER I



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Joxcenia - 10:15pm May 28, 2002 ET (#226 of 330)
I Came... I Saw... I Went Home! lol

It's Time To Roast Some Pigs!!!


Joxcenia slowed her pace as she drew near where the Roman camp was located. She could feel the tension in the air, and knew that the battle would soon begin. She signaled Harmony to hide and await her next order, before climbing up into a tree. She listened for any calls from her sister Amazons, so that she could get an idea of who was where, but all were silent.

They must be awaiting the Queen's signal, Joxcenia thought. She let out a call of her own to alert the Queen to her presence, and that she had some important news to give her. Now there's nothing to do but wait for either a return signal, or for the Queen to seek me out.

As she watched for any Roman activity, she thought back to just a short time earlier when she and Solaria had discovered several of their sister Amazons tied up. Puella had been among them. Had she completed her mission? And whose side is she on? Perhaps the Romans know that they're about to be attacked. Maybe they have several other troops circling around us to trap us in our own little war tactics? Is Puella the one with the information that will lead us to the weapons? We need those weapons! And soon. Without them we're all either dead, or slaves.

Joxcenia's stomach turned at the thought of her sister Amazons becoming gladiators in the coliseums. Few of them would ever become subservient enough to be used as slaves. And those who refused to fight as gladiators would no doubt become food for the lions. Roman scum! How can they not allow others to live as they themselves believe they have the right to live? Why do they believe that they have the right to be the masters? Why can't all be equal? Why can't all be allies? Why must there be those who are forced to serve? And why is it most always a woman? Haven't we Amazons proven that a woman can be strong? Haven't we proven that it doesn't take away from our position as a woman?

Weakness in a man is no more "womanly" than strength in a woman is "manly", why can't these pigs see that and propose an alliance? Why must they feel they have to dominate us? Well, they're going to see just how easy we are to dominate! And we're going to rub their noses in it all the way back to Rome!!! Joxcenia caught herself before she could scream out: "To a STRONG Amazon Nation!"

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xwpfan - 12:21am May 29, 2002 ET (#227 of 330)

Why do we fight Romans

I hadn't gotten far from camp when Solaria came running up behind me and said,"Puella thought you might like some company." I nodded and smiled.

I looked at Solaria she had been trained well, but had never been to war and any Amazon warrior knows there is a world of difference between training and War. I was nervous for her so I was going over our plans when she asked me a question.

"Why do we fight the Romans? Is it because they've killed so many of our sisters."Solaria asked

I stopped dead in my tracks, she need to understand why she could loose her life that very day and I needed to explain.

"The Romans seek our destruction. The Romans see themselves as the only ones with the right to exist and to be free.

We have lost many sisters into slavery, to the Roman colusiems and even death. The Romans have overwhelming [sign in to see URL] look to send us into extinction. These men do not just kill our warriors,they kill our mothers, our sisters, our cooks and our artisans. Every facet of Amazon life has been touched and ruined and or killed by the Romans.

Romans have forever changed the Amazon nation... and they have changed me. If it weren't for the Romans I would not be the warrior I am today.

My lineage is not of a warrior but rather that of Artistains. My mother and her mother before her were talented, and creative women. My grandmother worked with the clay from the earth. It is her cistern in which you draw water from.

My mother was a woman of great vision and talent. When you wear your ceremonial mask, it is of her design. Queen Saxy's mask is the greatest and also the last mask she ever created.

Weeks before Princess Saxy's coming of age my mother, my grandmother and several other older Amazons were out looking for the perfect feathers to complete the mask of the Queen.

They were not far from where we stand now, when they were attacked by an advance party Roman soldiers. Our sisters fought valiantly, they managed to take out about half the party, but it was not enough... their screams and their cries echoed throughout the forest.

I had been out hunting and heard their cries and their screams. I ran as fast as I could. I got there just in time to see a Roman soldier give my mother a final fatal blow about the head. As she fell I could see she had been trying to guard and protect my grandmother. My grandmother was laying on the ground dead, with the mask clutched in her hands.

I lunged at the officer, but I was not yet a warrior and he easily took me down. I laid there pinned under his weight, his for the taking. He tore me inside out .I tried desperately to claw and to bite him but to no avail. He conquered me .I felt so defeated and helpless. I turned my head so wouldn't see his face and to hide my shame. As I turned I was my mother's last breath and to watch my mother bleed out beside me..

After that Roman scum was finished with me, he stuck a sword in my side and he kicked and punched me and left me for dead. I awoke to find myself laying amongst a dozen or so Amazon corpses.

I ran back to camp and our tribe came and gathered the bodies and had a funeral pyre for them.

The mask my mother and grandmother gave their lives for was then reserved for when Saxy would ascend to the throne as Queen.

On that very day I realized I had failed to protect the people I loved and I swore that I would learn to fight and I would protect my Amazon sisters for all of my days.

Our tribe became my life, my reason for living. I am the last of my line, for I have no children. My sisters in the tribe are essentially my mother, my sisters, my aunts,my daughters and my friends. I carry them in my heart and in my soul.

I will do what I have to protect another innocent from being raped, murdered or enslaved by these Roman dogs. Even if it means fighting with my dying breath I will protect and defend those I care about."

Do you hear that, it sounds like Jox signaling her position. Stay



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leara - 01:27am May 29, 2002 ET (#228 of 330)

TAD 10 Time Out for Reflection

The ride to the Sea seems like an eternity, each step shoots pain through my shoulder and beaten body. The stench lingers in the air from the fish guts bath, anyone could track me today. The pain is a comfort in some ways it is real and partly deserved, I suppose.

My thoughts run wild from the crushing sadness of again being alone, watching helplessly the murder of my wolf being unable to prevent it. Then there is the guilt of having tied up the Amazons leaving them vulnerable to attack and I can not erase the look in the eyes of the youngest warrior as I struck a blow into her previous wound. I wonder too about TAD and how they are faring.

I was a formidable fighter but since I’ve been here nothing is going right. The hate in my heart has grown in to a rushing river of rage, I remember this feeling well. Now I must try to stop this monster from creeping back to the surface and taking control.

This has rapidly turned into a typical outing for us, TAD but, the stakes are too high and the cost so far almost too great to bear. Despite good intentions along with good deeds preformed by me the sum of my life still comes up wanting. In the end, there is nothing left but to get up and take my rightful place among my ancestors.

The Sea finally comes in to sight. I step in the salty water it stings my shoulder and it takes the foul odor from my nose. The crashing waves take my mind from the pain and stresses of the day lulling me to a restful relaxed state. Usually in these times of quiet I can hear the soft melodic tone of my mother, Madula but she is silent. I may have a deaf ear but, I think I have shamed her so deeply that there can be no redemption.

There is still the matter of unfinished business. The TAD are still under my command I must release them and send them home. Then is the matter of Madula’s last wish and her things that should remain with the Amazon Nation. Lastly there is the matter of summoning the courage to preserve what little dignity and honor I have left by living up to the Warriors Creed until the end.

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phalon - 06:29am May 29, 2002 ET (#229 of 330)

Here and Now

Phalon returns to the present and finds herself laying on the forest floor, staring up at the sky through a canopy of trees. She is both physically and emotionally drained. What has just happened? She turns her head and sees Evergreen just starting to wake up. She closes her eyes again. She knows that Evergreen's wounds are healed. She knows because she herself did it in Evergreen's dream, and she was in Evergreen's dream because she had heard Evergreen calling her and simply went. But how?

Up until now, Phalon's visions had always been glimpses of other people's lives, past, present and of things yet to pass. The images were bits and pieces of knowledge, little snatches of information that she had to piece together to try to make the picture whole. This was different. She had never before actually entered someone else's mind, interacting with them on a different plane. What had allowed her to do this?

The necklace? She had held the necklace in the dream. Puella's mysterious necklace and it's unknown powers. What forces lay within the ancient silver and emerald talisman, and could did Puella control them? Could she harness the power and use it at her own free will? Did she even know what she possessed? And who exactly was Puella?

Phalon was sure she was the girl in her earlier visions, taken away by Justinian's soldiers and sold into slavery. She had been sure that Puella was Evergreen's half-sister, but now she wondered if that were true. Who was Leara?

Regardless of her lineage, Phalon knew she must get the necklace back into Puella's hands. Her mind replayed images from one of her earlier visions, a man speaking to a young slave girl, "Keep it always at your [sign in to see URL] will come a time when you will need it's powers. Ask only once and choose wisely...." Images of carnage on a battle field flashed through Phalon's mind. Images of things to come, or could they be altered? Perhaps Puella's time was now.

"STOP [sign in to see URL] of you STOP this and hear me out...!" Evergreen's shouts brought Phalon back to this present day's moment in time.

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leara - 06:11pm May 30, 2002 ET (#230 of 330)

TAD 11 Phase One

Time has passed by unmarked by me, the horse makes its way down to where the waves were crashing on the shore. I get out of the sea there is much to do and putting it off does not make it any easier.

The ride along the shore is uneventful but my thoughts still plague me I wonder will there ever be an end to this torment. I think about how harshly I have judged the Amazon people, I do not even know them well. No one should be judged based on the actions of one or two. I should not expect them to live up to the lofty ideals of my mother. I mean,I too have failed to live up to them these last few days.

An old tune pops into my head I once heard

“Say when you’re alone It’s better Cause nobody knows you”

“When no one’s your friend It’s better Cause no body leaves you”

I know at the end of this mission I will go on to the next place. This brings about many more questions to ponder.

If my adoption by Madula is binding will I be sent to the Amazon place of the dead? Or will I go the way of my first family to their resting place? Then there is the question of Tartarus or Elysian Fields? Or is there someplace else for those of us who do not know where we belong – Land of the Disinherited?

So it all comes back to the base questions: Who am I really? Am I self made or am I who the extension of those who created or molded me? Where did I really come from?

I am at our landing site and decide that these questions are of no real consequence as they change neither the past nor can they stop the future. As far as I know, there exists no one to reveal the truth to me so, I will have to find out when I cross that line.

I leave TAD their final orders to leave here as successful victors. They are to return to their homes and get about the business of living happy well adjusted lives. I will miss them but there is no need for them to face the Wrath of the Amazons.

Looking at our reserve stock of weapons I took several quivers of arrows, a bow and a sword. I have one more matter to finish before seeking an honorable end to pathetic miserable life.



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girlpower - 01:06am May 31, 2002 ET (#231 of 330)
Courage is not the absence of fear... but the strength to conquer it.

Puella sat with little Gabbyfan, Evergreen and Phalon as we watch Xwpfan and the Amazon that freed us, Solaria, leave to find their way to the rest of the tribe. Little Gabbyfan sat quietly petting little dog, the expression of abandonment on her face. She missed her new mother Zena. When she notices me looking her expression immediately changes to the strong, self assured, responsible look, that she has portrayed ever since she became an Amazon. Staring at Evergreen and Phalon, both still unconscious I spoke, “You will rejoin Zena and the other Amazon’s soon little warrior.” Gabbyfan looked over at me as if her thoughts were being read. “I envy you Gabbyfan, you know exactly where you belong. I have never had that connection with another person, let alone a tribe… Oh, I almost forgot, Xwpfan left this for you.” I handed her the piece of parchment Gabbyfan began to read aloud.

Dear Little One- It has been my honor and my privilege to have spent this time with you. I see so much promise in you. You are posses great love and loyalty and I am sure you are fully-grown you will be one of our finest warriors and friend. I have not been such a good friend to you though. My actions of the last few days were wrong. Although I have not broken the letter of the law, I have definitely violated its spirit. I hope that you know that Amazons should not act in blood lust or in revenge as I have done here. I forgot that for awhile and set a bad example for you. Now I must try to set things right if I can. It may cost me my life, but it is the right thing to do. I hope to see you again soon little one. Xwpfan

Gabbyfan and I turned to one another. “She’ll be fine, Solaria went with her, so she is not alone.” We started to examine the contents on the packet which Gabbyfan’s note was wrapped around. Suddenly Evergreen awoke. She jumped up and grabbed her sword. Pointing the sword at the others gathered there, Evergreen screams, “STOP this… ALL of you STOP this and hear me out...!”

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EvergreenLM - 01:45am May 31, 2002 ET (#232 of 330)
"To Conquer Others is to Know [sign in to see URL] Conquer Yourself is to Know the Way"

Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave

Pointing the sword at the others gathered there, Evergreen screams, “STOP this… ALL of you STOP this and hear me out...!”

Those gathered nearby were startled to see Evergreen not only awake,but awake and apparently well. No one moved as they saw the anger and that gleeming sword, that only Evergreen could make sing a song of destruction, pointed right at them.

Evergreen hears Phalon moan and sees that she is returning from the place in time their souls met. Evergreen wonders, have they been in Illusia? They would have to talk of this some night over mead at Cyrene's.

Phalon was struggling to stand. Evergreen lend over offering her forearm for support. Phalon clasp on and was raised from the ground. They both knew that something of importance had occurred this day. And an occurrence of great importance and confusion it certainly was.

Evergreen could see the look of disbelief and fear on the faces of her Sisters, especially Little Gabby.

"WHERE is XWPfan and leara?"

Little Gabby regaining her composure started to step forward,but was stopped by the look on Evergreen's face.

"They are gone." XWPfan branded an 'X' on leara,they fought again and leara overpowered xwpfan."

"She left right before XWPfan was set free. Now, they both are gone."

Evergreen stared at those before her. The did not know, they could not know, leara is my sister.

Phalon gently touches Evergreen's arm

"Put the sword down EG. There has been enough harm in this place today. These are not your enemies. They are your friends and so am I. I have been within you and I know the conflict that lives in your soul. You are feeling the guilt in not protecting Puella the day of the Roman raid of your village.

You let the soldiers believe that she was your sister to protect the sister you loved. When you had heard from a passing traveler that Justinian had issued a degree of a great reward for finding his missing daughter,you placed on Puella the necklace with Justinian's insignia. You wanted to insure that Puella would be mistaken for leara.

Evergreen looked at Puella and saw both relief and hatred. Relief that she was not of Roman descent and was truly a sister of the Amazons. Hatred radiated from Puella's eyes with disbelief that Evergreen had betrayed her to the Romans.

Evergreen had committed a great wrong to this woman and an even greater wrong to leara. Evergreen had convinced their mother, Daria, to send leara away to be raised and guided by Madula. Madula could take that child of Rome and bestow on her the one true caste that could wash away the blood coursing threw her veins that she so despised.

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EvergreenLM - 01:56am May 31, 2002 ET (#233 of 330)
"To Conquer Others is to Know [sign in to see URL] Conquer Yourself is to Know the Way"

"Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave"... contiued

Evergreen took every word spoken by Phalon like a direct blow the body. There was no denying the truth.

Evergreen lowered her sword. quietly he walked over to Little Gabby,placed a hand on her shoulder, and looked at her with such great caring. Evergreen strapped on the sheath to her sword,slid it down into its home, and placed her sais back in the sides of her boots.

"Puella, another day and another time we will speak of this. I swear on my honor as an Amazon that from this day forward I will be your protector."

Evergreen, turned to Phalon. "Thank you for being with me and helping me find my way back."

"Where is Whisperer?" Evergreen says looking at the horses hobbled nearby.

"Here, EG, here is Whisperer. You are going after my mother aren't you?" Little Gabby stumbles on the words as she hands the reins to Evergreen.

"Yes, I am. I need my friend."

Scroll of the Dumb Scout 8
Day 2 With our load lightened and adding the auxiliary sails we are speeding ahead nicely. This afternoon we passed our landing site and are going to continue up the coast until we can find a suitable landing site at least after midnight. We beached and unloaded the ships then settled in for a rest.

Day 3 Dawn finds us quickly and signals the start back to work for us. We divide into groups to work more effectively. The beach and forest are set with traps for our coming guests. By noon we are on our way to being finished, most of the pits are dug and covered. It is decided that a small group will remain to continue trapping and then stand guard as our first line of defense.

We move out heading for the first landing site. We move as fast as possible but, it takes us until evening to make camp. We find that Leara has supposed to have been here, there is a scroll with her signature and some weapons are missing. The debate rages over the scroll we have found and what to do about it.

The Scroll reads:

My friends both Old and New,

You have arrived back here to our rally point your mission accomplished. It is an honor to have an oath sworn in your name and crowned by its being fulfilled. You are my hero’s in that you have risked your lives liberty and future in my behalf. I am proud to have known you and fought beside you but, it is time for you to consider your oath to me complete and return to civilization. I have decided to travel north to the land of my people and Madula.

Your last order from me is: You are to board the ship and return to your homes or the Amusement Center. Assist the disadvantaged! Live life! Appreciate love! and Prosper!! ------ Leara



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dscout - 08:22am Jun 3, 2002 ET (#235 of 330)

Scroll of the Dumb Scout 9

I stand to propose a solution and Kierna speaks for me.

This is my solution, we will divide in to two groups the believers who will stay here for two days while the rest of us search for answers. At the end of two days you who stay here will set sail no matter what following the orders in the Scroll.

There is no way to authenticate these orders. Leara has not been the same since the deaths of Madula and Theos as well as she trust the Amazons who have given us nothing but death and destruction. We will continue to follow her order not to harm any Amazons but, I do not have to like or trust them.

I want to know that I have fulfilled my oath to smite the Romans. Many of you have been slaves with have nothing to take home so I propose we at least plunder the Romans of valuable things. Not to mention these holes in my arm cry out for some Roman blood.

Lastly let me finish by saying this I will follow Leara no matter where she goes even into the depths of Tartarus and beyond. She is my friend; I owe her my life and allegiance. I can not leave or rest until I am certain she is safe and there are no breathing Romans, save the one left to tell the tale.

I am leaving to find Leara. Any who wish to join me may. The rest of you I will see later either here or the other side.

I and those who chose to follow me immediately began our departure for the Roman camp. I hope we will not be too late.

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leara - 09:19am Jun 3, 2002 ET (#236 of 330)

TAD 11 Phase Two LAST Call

This is to be my last scroll. It is not the ending I had hoped for but, then my whole life has been unexpected. Not all stories after all are fairy tales with happy endings and so mine goes the way of the tragedy. This scroll contains part explanation and part instruction as well as my last request.

To The Amazon Nation,

I was Leara. I came to this place seeking to honor a sworn oath to the Amazon Queen Madula. I was to return Puella to her people, exact justice from Romans for them and, to scatter Madula’s ashes in the sacred place in the forest.

As I am now dead I entrust the responsibility to finish her last request and the distribution of my belongings to The Queen.

Madula’s sword and ceremonial dagger both are silver and said to have been given by Artemis herself. Her necklace and something called ‘right of caste’ that goes with it. I do not understand what it is or how it works. These belong here among the Amazons as they are the last treasures of her tribe.

Tactis, is a fine white stallion liberated from the personal stables of Caesar. Madula reveled in riding him, the irony of sitting atop and controlling the great Roman beast always brought out a smile to her face. Xwpfan, I saw the look you gave him so I am leaving you charge of him but you must treat him better then my wolf.

The last thing I own of value is my personal sword. It is one of a kind weapon. It was the sacred sword of the first family I remember. The legend states that it was crafted by Hephaetus and given as a gift in exchange for their protection of the forest and help in his labors. This should be given to Puella as she must hold high value because the cost to return her home has been great, she has endured long at Roman hands and there is an unmatched potential for greatness in her.

As my last request I ask that you allow the remnants of my Army to pass safely home. They were here only to assist me in fulfilling my oath to Madula. *Leara

I use my bedroll to conceal the scroll and Madula’s things leaving it on Tactis. I replace my sword under the saddle and place an inky X on his hind quarter. I lead him out to graze surely some Amazon will find him and care for him. Loaded up with weapons myself I begin my journey to the east side of the encampment. There I find just as my Scout described a small pile of stones and a lone tree. I crawl down there and make myself comfortable. There is nothing left but to wait for the monster to rise up from deep inside me. I usually fight it because when it takes over there is nothing left in my wake but destruction and death. Today when it comes I will embrace it and let my instincts be my guide.



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zena - 09:20am Jun 3, 2002 ET (#237 of 330)
"Agere Sequitur Esse"

Still, Still Waiting

The hours passed in the shady wood and Zena, always (well almost always) obedient to the Queen sat with her warriors and waited. They could not see each other for they were well hidden but relied rather on the sense of another that comes from living in community. She could feel the young warriors growing impatience to begin the battle. "Stay still, young ones" Zena thought, "if there is no signal, there is a reason." Once she thought she heard a call of a single Amazon but there was no response or repeat of the bird sound.

Then, Zena heard the heavy tramp of men's boots very close to their hiding place. She scarcely drew breath as the soldiers shuffled around in the bush, their metal parts of their helmets catching the sun through the trees. "Flavius, here, cut this one. We can use both the limbs and the trunk." The soldiers levelled the tree easily , slicing it up and dragging it away in no time and nearly crushing Vasca who was crouched nearby. Brave Vasca never moved. Although Zena could not speak Latin and did not understand what was said she could read the signs of their actions, the Romans were building crosses. Again.

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phalon - 12:58pm Jun 3, 2002 ET (#238 of 330)

Lost and Found

After Evergreen rode off on Whisperer, Puella started gathering her things about camp and methodically loading them on her horse. Her face was a mix of emotions. Now she finally knew the truth of who she was, but wasn't sure if she was better off not knowing. She hated Evergreen this moment. What would her life have been like if Evergreen had not put the necklace on her that fateful day so long ago that changed her life forever?

"I am going to join my sisters. I am going to fight with them to perserve the Amazon sisterhood, a sisterhood I have been denied knowing for as long as I can remember. I if I am killed in battle, at least it will be beside them, and I will die knowing where I belong."

"I have something that belongs to you", Phalon stated, pulling the necklace from her pouch and extending her hand towards Puella.

"That thing", Puella hissed. "I hate that thing and all it represents. It was his and his family's. Because of it I was taken away from my family and have spent my entire life as a Roman slave." Puella turned her back towards Phalon and started to walk away.

Phalon gently grabbed Puella's arm and turned her so that they were face to face. "Evergreen was only doing what she had to to protect her sister", Phalon said softly. "She wronged you, yes, but she was young at the time, and did not think of the consequences it would have on you. She only thought of the sister she loved. As for the necklace, Justinian adopted it's talisman as his insigna, but it was pilfered. Stolen as the plunder of one of his raids. That necklace has great powers and I believe it is yours. YOU were meant to wear it. The Fates have destined it so."

Puella grabbed the necklace from Phalon's hand. She held it up by it's silver chain and spat on the bull's emerald stone. Then she flung back her arm and heaved it as hard as she could into the surrounding forest. "That is what I think of Justinian's precious talisman", she spat.

Then turning again to Phalon she added, "And just what are you doing here, Phalon? You are not Amazon. Have you not done enough damage here? Why don't you go back to wherever it is you come from and leave us. We do not need you here." And with that, she leapt on her horse and rode out of camp.

"Ah, but you do need me", Phalon thought, "you just do not know it yet." She lifted her arm up towards and sky, hand held open, then clenched it into a fist. She brought her hand back down in front of her and slowly opened it. In her palm, emitting it's familar green glow, was the emerald and silver necklace. Puella's necklace.

Little Gabbyfan stared in awe and disbelief. "But I saw her throw it", she stammered. "How did you....?"

"It was not ME", Phalon calmly answered, holding up the necklace by it's chain. "It's purpose has not yet been fulfilled." "Come on little one, we've got to get you back to Zena. You may be about to see some very ugly things. Hideous things that may change you forever. Battle is not all about heroics. Until we find Zena, you stay close by my side."

She got on Agapanthus, and extended her hand to help Gabbyfan up behind her. As they left in the direction Puella had taken, Phalon could not keep her thoughts from turning towards her vision of the carnage on the battlefield, the sun shining on a jewel encrusted Amazon sword, and the Amazon that lay fallen beneath it. And her heart filled with dread.

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xwpfan - 03:10pm Jun 3, 2002 ET (#239 of 330)

Dangerous Ground

Stay. I mouthed as I pointedly waved at the ground. Solaria immediately crouched down. There was the sound of heavy boots crunching in the underbrush.. there was no mistakening the sound. Romans.

I crept a little further on the ground to see what the Romans were up to. As I scanned the area I saw the shadow of a top of a tree starting to sway.. it was the unmistakable sway of a tree being fell.

I ran back to my postion. I heard the eerie sound of branches snapping and the tree trunk cracking and giving way with a tremendous THUD.I did not have to see the tree actually fall to know that it was gone. I felt the vibrations of it's impact all around me.

I looked around, I could not see where it had landed, but only where it had once stood .I knew by the way we were dispersed there was a chance one of my sisters may have been caught in it's path .I hoped and I prayed to Artmeis that I was wrong.

I looked back Solaria had not moved. Solaria's eye's were huge, and she was barely able to ask the question the desperately wanted answered."It'[sign in to see URL]'t it?"

In many ways Solaria reminded me of a frightened animal... unsure of itself, but it would kill if provoked or to protect it's loved ones.

I looked her square in the eye and calmly said " Yes Solaria, it is the Romans, and it looks like their building crosses again. I think they know we are here .I don't think we need to go any further. As it is this place very dangerous. Are you sure you want to be here here right now.

Solaria rose up to her full stature and said" I am Not afraid! My place is with you. I want to kill these Roman dogs as much as you do."

There was more rustling in the trees,it was a sound of a horse in full gallop almost a quick angered step but it wasn't heavy like the sounds the Roman horses made. I listened to the sounds and smelled the air but I still couldn't be sure whether it was friend or foe approaching.

I signaled Solaria to get down and to hush. solaria nodded and I whispered," Solaria,someone is approaching. Right now, what I need for you to do is to climb up to the highest branch of that tree and stay there. I need someone with a better vantage point to watch over the Romans. By the way Solaria, I never thought you were afraid." Solaria smiled and began to climb.

With that I turned my attentions back to the noises,they were drawing near, suddenly a horse whisked by me... I tackled the rider to keep our position secret from the Romans.

To my shock Puella tumbled to the ground. Puella began dispersing curses and epithets like a sailor. Puella sat there angered and dirtied .I couldn't help but laugh as rolled away out of her way.

Unfortunately, Puella never saw that it was me who tackled her,she must have thought that she had been attacked by a Roman.

Puella was furious, turned with her eyes blazing in anger as she cried out "I'll kill you!I'll kill all of you! She swung her sword up over her head,ready to strike...

Solaria from high up in the tree top,did not know what to do. Solaria could not make out who the stranger was, all she could see was a shinning sword raised to Kill, with only her friend and mentor Xwpfan in sight as the possible target.

Solaria knew she couldn't warn her friend for fear of alerting the Romans. Solaria froze for just a second and a single tear rolled down her cheek as she leapt into the air, in hopes of landing on the stranger and wrestling the sword away from the stranger...



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girlpower - 05:01pm Jun 3, 2002 ET (#240 of 330)
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Puella in search of her sisters

Riding on Amica, my words echo in my ears. ‘I am going to join my sisters. I am going to fight with them to preserve the Amazon sisterhood, a sisterhood I have been denied knowing for as long as I can remember. I if I am killed in battle, at least it will be beside them, and I will die knowing where I belong.’

As the wind blew through my hair I remember the last conversation I had with Phalon, when she tried to give me the necklace back. “That thing,” I hissed. "Because of it I was taken away from my family and have spent my entire life as a Roman slave." I turned my back towards Phalon and started to walk away. Phalon gently grabbed my arm and turned me so that we were face to face. "Evergreen was only doing what she had to protect her sister", Phalon said softly. "She wronged you, yes, but she was young at the time, and did not think of the consequences it would have on you. She only thought of the sister she loved. As for the necklace, Justinian adopted its talisman as his insignia, but it was pilfered. Stolen as the plunder of one of his raids. That necklace has great powers and I believe it is yours. YOU were meant to wear it. The Fates have destined it so." I grabbed the necklace I once loved, out of Phalon’s hand. “This is what I think of the fates!” Throwing it as hard as I could into the forest.

The eyes of Evergreen flash in my memory, then the word she spoke ring through my head. "Puella, another day and another time we will speak of this. I swear on my honor as an Amazon that from this day forward I will be your protector." Riding Amica as fast as she could go, I scream. “ I am no longer the Roman slave girl. I must prove that to the Amazons. I must prove that to myself.”

Amica continues to race as I close in on the Roman camp. Suddenly, someone tackled me off of her, I roll to the ground. “Roman scum!” I muttered, furiously. I turned with my eyes blazing in anger and cried out "I'll kill you! I'll kill all of you!” I swung my sword up over my head, ready to strike. Looking into the face of my attacker and I see a friend, Xwpfan. A smile crossed my face. Leaning down, towards her ear I whisper, “We must stop meeting like this. Though I do like the looks of you in this position.” As I began to laugh, I was suddenly attacked from overhead. Feeling the weight of a mite creature on my back, arms wrapped around my neck, I knew it was Solaria, the girl who left with Xwpfan. I dropped my sword, so not to hurt her. She tried with all her might to hold on, but when I stood, I was able to reach up and grab the back of her tunic. I flipped her over my head onto the ground by Xwpfan. I brought my finger to my mouth, “Shhh.” The sound of Roman’s not far from here got my attention. Chopping down another tree. Obviously they were building crosses. I looked at Xwpfan and Solaria as we all knelt down. “So what are we waiting for Xwpfan, an invitation?”

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EvergreenLM - 07:20pm Jun 3, 2002 ET (#241 of 330)
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Finding Zena

Evergreen had a lot to think about as she guided Whisperer through the forest. Being alone with only her thoughts could prove both a blessing and a curse. Her Sisters may view her as aloof and detached but Evergreen knew that being a part of the Amazon Nation was what her very life was all about.

Being apart of her tribe gave a great sense of pride and belonging. She just thought better when alone and surrounded by nature. The sounds and smells of the forest, the sight of the morning and evening skies, the tumbling waters of the river, filled her with a sense of belonging to something greater than her earthly existence.

Just what had happened this day? Such a spiritual journey has led her to this place and time. Truth can be lies, and lies can be truth. Discerning the difference can be tricky. Discerning incorrectly could be fatal.

Evergreen worried about Zena. She thought about where was she and was she safe. They had not spoken since the day of the “execution”. Evergreen did not yet know what to think of that. Evergreen knew that if Zena had missed her mark by one blink of the eye, Whisperer would be carrying an empty saddle through the forest.

Just where was leara? Phalon’s passing of the knowledge of the events gave a horrible picture of torture that Evergreen could not yet bring to terms. This was not in the character of XWPfan to do such a thing. Such anger must issue from a deep well.

So many things, fragments to a larger whole, rumbled around in Evergreen’s thoughts. It was good to be back riding Whisperer. This faithful companion had seen it all, but never passes judgement as the human species so quickly rushes in to do.

Evergreen listened to the creak of the saddle, smelled the scent of horse and leather as they slowly moved through the forest floor. With a quick jerk to the reins, Evergreen brought Whisperer to a halt. Without seeing, Evergreen knew that she had ridden directly into a small clearing with many eyes hiding in the nearby scrub.

An arrow came flashing by with a “Swooosh” followed by a “thunnggg” into a large pine missing Evergreen's head by a breath. Green and gold feathers flagged out from the end of the arrow. Zena!

Finding Zena... continued

“Are you STILL determined to tear more holes in my favorite tunic or do you really mean to send me to the Elysian Fields ahead of you?

Evergreen quickly swung off Whisperer and ran towards the direction of the flight of arrow. Zena stepped out of the scrub, dropped her bow and embraced Evergreen.

“Hello old friend.” They lingered in the embrace one not wanting to let the other go.

Evergreen softly whispered, “If I let you go, I am afraid that this will have been one of Phalon’s spiritual walks, and when I open my eyes, you will not be there.”

Zena pushed Evergreen back and held her at arms length,“Open your eyes, Evergreen, I AM here. Welcome home. You are just in time, the Romans are building crosses.”



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zena - 10:05pm Jun 3, 2002 ET (#243 of 330)

Kindred Spirits

Zena heard a strange call from the West and knew someone had arrived on that flank. "Good", she mused, "some ally is there." Suddenly she sensed movement and from her quiet post she saw Solaria climb a nearby tree almost to the position of the archers. The archers looked down astonished but silent at the young Amazon below them. Solaria, named because her fair hair and skin had shown like the sun from the moment of her birth. Her disposition matched her shining appearance and everyone in the tribe loved her optimism. Zena had trained her herself in the sword and Xwpfan had mentored her in the art of battle. She was well prepared but inexperienced.

Zena wondered where Xwpfan had gone off to if Solaria was out here running wild. And then a totally unexpected thing happened, Solaria launched herself from the branch dropping from a goodly height on to someone or thing in the bushes. The archers above dropped their jaws as one woman. "By the gods", Zena thought, "has everyone lost their wits? The Romans are a rod away, hammering and sawing and we're bashing about in the bushes! Thank Artemis they are as dull as they are arrogant. They will probably not even see what an Amazon would consider a gladiator match right in front of them." Zena rose slowly and fluidly to her feet and saw Puella and Xwpfan tusseling with poor Solaria. "PUELLA!" Zena groaned silently inside. "What on earth is that woman doing here? She's supposed to be on a mission to redirect Caesar." Just then she heard Whisperer headed straight for the soldiers who were cutting the trees. "What next? Hannibal and his elephants????" With blinding speed she nocked an arrow and let it fly past Evergreen's head to stop her. Once again the Romans took no notice of the drama around them.

Evergreen quickly swung off Whisperer and ran towards the direction of the flight of arrow. Zena stepped out of the scrub, dropped her bow and embraced Evergreen.

“Hello old friend.” They lingered in the embrace one not wanting to let the other go. Evergreen softly whispered, “If I let you go, I am afraid that this will have been one of Phalon’s spiritual walks, and when I open my eyes, you will not be there.” Zena pushed Evergreen back and held her at arms length,“Open your eyes, Evergreen, I AM here. I have no intention of disappearing. Welcome home. You are just in time, the Romans are building crosses.” She gave Whisperer the signal to go back down the path and pulled Evergreen into the space she had occupied for so many hours. "Before I explain the plan, I have to tell you how sorry I am about the "execution", AND your shirt. Please forgive me, don't hate me, don't leave me again. It was all I could think of to do to save you. I'm not even sure how I'll explain it to the Queen. Maybe we could go live in Thrace. Wait a minute!! If you're here, where's Phalon and Little Gabby? I told them to keep you quiet. You took off on them didn't you? See, this is what I mean, you never go along with the plan when it's my............." Evergreen clapped a hand over Zena's mouth and said, "Listen."

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girlpower - 02:59am Jun 4, 2002 ET (#247 of 330)
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Puella carries out Xwpfan's plan

“To A Strong Amazon Nation!” Were my last words spoken to a friend, a sister, Xwpfan. Puella slung over Amica, bruised and battered, being sent into the enemies camp as a diversion. While my body was bruised and weary, my mind was ever alert. Xwpfan’s plan will work. Once the Romans see that I am Leicester’s personal slave, I will be tended to. He is infamous on the battlefield. Any troop would walk through fire for a chance to get his troop with theirs. His troop is always well armed, especially catapults. He needs large weapons to make himself feel more powerful. He has a weakness for slaves. He can’t resist the urge to dominate and conquer others, bending them to his will. He will be near the villages, where he can capture the most people. Which means he will not be here where the battle is about to be raged. The thought of Leicester makes my blood run cold.

Amica slowed as she saw the Roman camp. I whispered, “Go on my friend, we will be fine.” I reach up and feel for the emblem scarred into my right shoulder blade. It is exposed. Then I relax my muscles the best I can, so I will appear to be unconscious. Amica’s gait was slow and deliberate as we entered the camp. Roman’s surround us, I let out a groan to show them I was still alive. It sounds like there are 10 men. Their feet shuffle and armor clangs. Then the sound of acknowledgement, someone recognized my insignia. “Get her down from there and to the healer’s tent,” a soldier yelled. Two men walked over and grabbed my arms and shoulders and drug me off of my horse. All I could think was please stay safe, my friend.

Inside the healer’s tent I was laid on the ground. A young soldier ran to my side, with a wet cloth and began to clean my wounds. As he washed the dried blood from my face he gasped, “who did this to you Puella?” Hearing my name I tensed. Looking at his face I see Lares. Coughing and gasping for breath, “The same person that kidnapped Senator Justinian,” was my reply. His eyes grew wide. “I delivered that parchment and the ring to Caesar himself. He is bringing his troops together to fight, Pompey.” We are his reinforcements, due to travel to the battle site when word is sent through carrier pigeon. How is Gabbyfan?” This poor boy is too trusting. I don’t want to see him hurt here.

“Since you did what I asked of you, I have another mission, it is of dire importance. I need you to go north and find my master Leicester.” I pulled myself up onto my forearms, “He is missing me and will surely send his troop and arms here to you, once he knows I am here. Do you have an inkwell, a quill and some parchment paper?” He ran to the back of the tent and searched for the items I requested. “Here, I’ve found some.” He said and rushed over to my side. “I can’t write with these injuries, I need you to scribe for me.” He took the parchment and began to write my every word. ‘Leicester: Pompey killed Justinian. Caesar is on his way to attack Pompey in the North. Reinforcements are to the South. Puella Virium’ “Now use the quill to cover my insignia with ink. Press the parchment to the ink stained insignia.” With the parchment in hand I sent Lares on his mission.

Sitting alone in the healer’s tent. Knowing Leicester the way I do, he will come here to avoid the major battle. With him he will bring his weapons, which the Amazon's can easily take. May every Amazon have a sword to yield. Now to find that weapon’s stockpile…



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leara - 03:20pm Jun 4, 2002 ET (#248 of 330)

TAD 12 Here we go again...

My patience is wearing thin for this Puella after all the trouble I have gone through to get her back home she chooses to ride in to the camp of the Romans. A smile creeps across my face as I think about how every time I think that I am finished there is one more thing to do and so I guess I am never fated to die. I must make sure that she survives this battle and lives to tell the tale. I will have to go down into this Camp as my Underground Gladiator character which will be difficult with out my Scout. I have been in tougher places before. I need a new shirt and these Roman’s will do nicely right here in front of my position. I toss a rock and hit the one in the head they are coming my way time to get some satisfaction. I wait until they are close and then spring into action a left then a right a piece not bad. I drag them behind the rocks and take their clothes.

Now for my steed a long whistle brings him on his way. I head up the slope trying to hurry and not be detected either. At the crest I am reunited with not only Tactis but the Scout and those with her. I explain my plan to get Puella out of the camp or at least to save her life. The rest are to creep down and take my former position, Kierna is to return and bring the rest of the camp here to reinforce our position.

The Scout and I ride down into the Roman camp full gallop. I know that they will seem a bit suspicious but I still have the Romans crest used by Madula to move freely at times around the world.

We enter the camp and are met by about ten of the guards. “Where is the commander?” I ask with an authoritative voice. “Who are you?” scowls one of the guards.

The monster has awakened and my blood is boiling at this ingrates insulting question. I reach under the saddle and in one swift sweeping motion pull my sword from its hiding place and take it to the throat of the speaker. “I will say this only once so pay attention, I am Leara of Gaul and have arrived to watch the slaughter and to capture some new slaves at the invitation of Leicester. This here is The Mighty Mute I did that myself. Now one last time who is in charge?”

“Leicester’s personal slave is here in the healer’s tent. I think the Commander is there as well.”he answers. They backed away and let us pass to the tent. I swing down from Tactis, sword still in hand I used it to open the tent flap. There Puella sat she was getting up to leave and pretended to faint falling down back on the ground hen we arrived inside the tent. Scout stands guard at the tent entrance. “What are you doing back here in this camp have you lost your mind?” I ask her in an irritated low voice. I touch her arm and there is a wince of pain in her face. “Who has done this to you? They will pay a thousand times your pain when I catch them.”

Puella seems surprised by the concern I am showing for her and there is a hint of fear there as well. “It is not what you think. I am a diversion to take out the cache of weapons. Xwpfan is coming I am going to meet her at the tent.” she cautiously says.

“Very well, but how do you plan on getting out of the camp after the destruction? They might want you to be the first one on the crosses they are building. Tell me which tent is the one and I will meet Xwpfan. I will personally take care of this matter and see that she gets out of the camp alright. I can not let you die it is my sworn oath that you live and prosper among the Amazons your people.” I explain my reasons to her.
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Trapped in a Roman Liar

You took off on them didn't you? See, this is what I mean, you never go along with the plan when it's my............." Evergreen clapped a hand over Zena's mouth and said, "Listen."

“There will plenty of time to discuss the fact that I am most obstinate to a fault. So much has happened in your absence. I have decided that the time for deceit is past and will tell you what I should have told you long before this time. Leara is my sister. Puella is one of us and I have done her a great wrong.”

Zena recoiled backwards with a look of disbelief and confusion. “How could you withhold that from me? I don’t understand. We have been friends for such a long time. I just don’t understand.”

Evergreen put both hands on Zena’s shoulders.

“This is more than we have time to talk about for the moment. I am asking you, no, I am begging you, to please trust me. Trust me that I did not intend to hurt you. It was a lie by omission and only to protect you. I am asking you to accept the fact that I felt it was for the best.”

Zena’s eyes met Evergreen’s. A long silence passed between them without either one turning from their focus.

Zena finally spoke, “Alright, for now, alright. You trusted me with your life and that counts for something.” Zena looked passed Evergreen as if searching for someone.

Evergreen knew just who the ‘someone’ was. “Zena, I left Little Gabby behind with Phalon. Little Dog is with her. I did not want to bring her this close to the Roman settlement. I am glad I did leave her considering what you are telling me about Romans and cross building.”

With a flash as fast as Zeus’ thunderbolts, Evergreen pulls Zena flat to the ground. She whispers, “Be quite, there are four soldiers walking directly towards us.” Evergreen keeps her hand on top of Zena’s back not allowing her to rise up. Zena with mouth to the ground, hisses, “I want WAR!"



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EvergreenLM - 11:54pm Jun 4, 2002 ET (#250 of 330)
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Trapped ...continued

“Well, well, look at what we have here.” Evergreen looks behind her. A soldier stands above them with sword drawn. As he lifts it holding the hilt in both hands preparing to serve a fatal blow to Evergreen’s back, a voice shouts,

“STOP! Do you not recognize who that it is?”

“Seize them both and take them back to camp. If a hair on that one’s head is harmed, your life is forfeit.” Do you understand THAT?”

“Yes sir! Clearly I understand.” The soldier lowers his sword and both women are grabbed up and pushed hard. Zena stumbles, and as she falls, the soldier laughs and kicks her to the ground. Evergreen moved so quickly, the soldier did not see the Sai until it was plunged into his chest. He slumps to the ground clutching the Sai as his life bleeds out.

“You filth of Rome, you will NEVER touch her again!” At that moment a blow is delivered to Evergreen’s head that sends her to her knees. She refuses to give in to the impending darkness.

“Get up Amazon, both of you, stand up.” Zena and Evergreen rise defiantly. “Tie their hands behind their backs.”

A foul smelling breath Roman is nose to nose in Evergreen’s face. With a deep guttural tone, he slowly says, “If you even THINK about attacking another soldier, I will kill your friend.”

But before the hands are bound, Evergreen and Zena exchange a closed fist to the chest signaling “To A Strong Amazon Nation.” Then,with their arms tied tightly behind them, they are thrown up on their horses and led away to an uncertain fate.

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xwpfan - 12:31am Jun 5, 2002 ET (#251 of 330)

Leara of Gaul

I crept up the side of the camp never taking my eyes of Puella, I felt my body go limp with relief as I heard them shout to take her to the healer's tent. I watched as the guards took her away. I was on my knees about crawl over to to the stockpile of weapons when I heard a familiar voice call out,

" Where is the commander?"

"The voice set my teeth on edge,my stomach churned violently,icy chills went up and down my spine .. it was the all too familiar voice of trouble... blood rushed to my face,veins bulged as I heard her say;

“I will say this only once so pay attention, I am Leara of Gaul and have arrived to watch the slaughter and to capture some new slaves at the invitation of Leicester. This here is The Mighty Mute I did that myself. Now one last time who is in charge?"

"I am Leara of Gaul." The words echoed in my head, I was filled with an all consuming rage, rage unlike I have never known.I wanted to run and slaughter right where she stood, but she was in the midst of a Roman camp declaring herself a Roman with her words and insignia.

I watched her with venomous hatred. I saw her go into the healer's tent, at that moment I felt all the blood drain from my body. I swore to the Gods if anything happened to Puella there would not be enough torment on earth for me to give Leara.

I grew anxious my friend Puella would be helpless in there. Puella would be up against the woman I disliked and distrusted the most. From day one there had been bad blood between us even though it was through her Puella's identity had been confirmed. Not trusting Leara, I knew I had to rescue Puella from Leara.

I crept beside the tent and I heard Leara question Puella. I winced as I heard Puella tell her about the stockpile of weapons.

Leara appeared way too anxious to help. I felt assured that she was intent on betraying our plan to destroy the weapons.

I silently waited for Leara to leave the healer's tent. Finally she left and I crawled in from a loose flap in the back . When I entered the tent I could see by the light of the lantern,the badly bruised body of my friend, tears filled my eyes.

I gently whispered, "I got to get you out of here, now that Leara knows our plan you are not safe."

Puella opened her eyes and touched my arm, "No, we can't leave here without destroying those weapons, our sisters are depending on us."

I removed my bow and my quiver of arrows and said "I am not leaving you here, you're coming with me. I hoisted her over my shoulders.

Puella said, "Put me down! I am able to walk! Really I am fine! I'm an Amazon remember?!"

Once again I just ignored her and I picked up my bow and arrows and said "Hang on to my neck and don't let go."

It was tough traversing through the back of the camp with Puella on my back, but I Could Not, No I Would not leave her there. Finally about 75 yards from the stockpile I stopped to catch my breath.. As I gasping for breath I saw Leara's figure race across to the weapons stockpile.

I quickly put my bow and arrows down and then I carefully placed Puella on the ground next to me and said "I'll be right back." I ran back to the healer's tent and grabbed the lantern. I took the blanket that Puella had been wrapped in and draped it over the lantern as to block it from giving off light. I ran back to Puella and told her to hold the lantern til I was ready.

I picked up my bow and my quiver of arrows, I ripped a strip off the blanket, dipped the rag in oil from the lamp and then wrapped it around the lower shaft of the arrows and then said to Puella, "Now!" and she pulled back the blanket and I lit the rag with the flame from the lantern. I pulled back the bow and let it fly. WHOOSH! It hit the tent squarely in the middle.

"Again!" I yelled

Whoosh! The arrow sailed right into the back side of the tent. The tent and it's contents were a blaze!

Puella smiled and said, "Someday,you'll have to teach me how to do that."



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xwpfan - 12:37am Jun 5, 2002 ET (#252 of 330)

I smiled and said," Do what? That! That was a lucky shot. Let's get out of here while their busy."

Dozens of Roman soldiers were running to the tent trying to douse the flames and save the weaponry.

I couldn't help but smile as I thought of Leara having to explain her presence in the weapons tent, moments before it caught fire.

I got us to a safe place and watched from our vantage point as the guards beretted Leara. With each questions, we heard her voice get angrier and more arrogant with each passing question.

I laughed when I heard the murmured awe from the soliders. They had torn off her tunic and the newly branded X had been exposed.

I heard one of the guards ask, "Who did this to you?"

I felt my body straighten up with pride as she said, "One of those good for nothing Amazons did that to me!"

With that, one of the Guards said, "Amazons are not usually this brutal, I do not believe she set the tent ablaze,if the Amazons hate her enough to brand her she must truly be a Roman!"

I couldn't believe my ears! She was escaping with her life yet again! I nudged Puella and said, "Let's get out of here!"

We were just about out of camp when a booming voice announced, "Looks like we got a couple Amazons to try out our cross building skills on!"

Puella and I looked in time to see Zena and Evergreen riding on their own horses with their arms tied behind them.

Puella looked at me searchingly, I told her, "We can't leave them here."

Puella replied, "I would never think of it, but how can we rescue them now?"

We both answered at the same time for different reasons "Leara."

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gabbyfan4ever - 12:54am Jun 5, 2002 ET (#253 of 330)

Phalon and Little Gabbyfan sat on the horse in silence listening to the sound of trees crashing to the ground. But there was another sound they couldn't yet identify. Gabbyfan had little dog on her lap and pet him to keep him calm and quiet, as well as calm her nerves.

In a moment gabbyfan knew what the noise they were hearing was. Voices. The little amazon listened with her whole body, trying to recognize a voice. Before Phalon knew what was happening, little gabbyfan had jumped off the horse and ran to the bushes ahead with little dog following at her heels.

Phalon came up behind her and asked "What in tartarus do you think you're doing!?" The only reply she got from gabbyfan was one word spoken in a loud whisper. "Mom"

Little gabbyfan was staring in horror at the sight of her mother and Evergreen captured by Roman's. It was all Phalon could do to keep the little Amazon from running straight into the middle of the Romans to take them all on. The more experienced Amazon knew that there was no chance the two of them could get Evergreen and Phalon out alone.

Phalon told little gabby "We've got to go find QS and the others, we can't get them out alone."

Little Gabbyfan only replied "I can't leave her again Phalon"

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Joxcenia - 01:52am Jun 5, 2002 ET (#254 of 330)
I Came... I Saw... I Went Home! lol

Patience Is A Virtue... That Carries A Lot Of Wait!

Joxcenia sat in the treetop, waiting to see if the Queen was going to seek her out or give out a call so that she could locate her. All was not quiet in this part of the woods, but unfortunately it wasn't any Amazon calls alerting her of their presence. Trees were falling... and at a rapid rate. Fortunately Joxcenia had stayed back a ways from the Roman camp, so her tree should be safe from the axe.

This however, left her with no view of the Roman camp. She didn't want to risk being captured by the Romans, nor did she want to get in the middle of the battle before she could tell the Queen of her vision. If anything happened to her, the tribe wouldn't know about the Greek Fire or to seek out the one among them who could expose the location of all the Roman weapons, not until they returned to the caves and spoke with Sue.

After quite some time had passed, Joxie let out another call. This would be the last sound she would make; for fear that the Romans might pick up on the different sounds and realize it was human and not animal.



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