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EvergreenLM - 05:36pm Jun 7, 2002 ET (#281 of 330)

"To Conquer Others is to Have [sign in to see URL] Conquer Yourself is to Know the Way"

Not A Good Day to Die

Evergreen charged out of the tent where she and the others where being held. And with a scream to match the legendary Callisto, she lowered her right shoulder,turned her head, and went crashing into the first Roman she encountered, "Whump!" and the soldier went crashing to the ground.

In one fluid movement, Evergreen thrust her sword into the ground and braced herself while she used both her legs to slam into the next encounter with a Roman sending his body reeling backwards. "Yah!"

Evergreen withdrew the sword from the ground,raised it behind her head to block the Roman iron coming from behind. Her heart raced and her blood ran hot.

"Swoosh, clang, aughh!,clang,yahh!" The noises of the battle reverberated through out the forest. Soldiers ran through by Amazon swords and kicked away, crumpled,held their chest,and fell like the trees they had been so busy gathering just a short time ago..

Evergreen never stopped her forward motion towards the cross that held Little Gabby. Puella matched her step for step,dead Roman to dead Roman, until they had carved a path to that cross.

Evergreen heard it before she saw it. "Swi-wing!,Clang!,Bang!" Three strikes from a Chakram,with the last pass cutting Little Gabby's ropes. *Zena! ,and I'M supposed to be the obstinate one!*,thought Evergreen as she saw the bindings dropped away.

As Little Gabby began to fall, Evergreen and Puella were there to catch her before she hit the ground. Two Romans came running up behind the three swinging swords.

"Swoosh- [sign in to see URL]- thud". The Roman swords dropped from their hands. Both men clutched arrows that had found their deadly mark.

Puella whistled for Amica. Evergreen saw the horses attempting to break free. Evergreen knew the horses were hobbled to wooden stakes. Puella whistled again. Puella was futively calling bound horses. Evergreen then let out a whistle of her own. Suddenly the sound of wood breaking and horses galloping was heard.

"By Zeus!", Evergreen [sign in to see URL] horses spooked and scattered, not at all what Evergreen wanted to happen..

"Puella, take Little Gabby and RUN for the forest! Grab Zena as you go and get them both out of here!"

Without hesitation,Puella placed her right arm around Little Gabby while throwing Gabby's left arm hand over her left shoulder,grabbed Litlle Gabby's hand, and started to run.

Puella passed Zena and her young Amazon "eyes". "Lets go you two. Out of here, NOW!" The four turned and ran to the cover of the forest.

Puella looked back and saw XWPfan,Evergreen,Phalon,and the Amazons who had been hiding in the trees, still engaged in the fight. She also saw Leara standing apart from the event unfolding in her presence. Leara made no move to either join the Amazons or the Romans.

Evergreen also saw leara standing in the shadows.

* Make up your mind woman,thought Evergreen. You are either with us or against us. Make up you mind or I will choose for you. And if I choose to fight against us,I will make sure that you will be keeping father company under the rock pile!*

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xwpfan - 06:58pm Jun 7, 2002 ET (#282 of 330)

Rescue Mission

Although I had wanted to, I never had a chance to talk about or even plan a rescue mission for Little Gabby for nearly as soon as the officers hauled her out of the tent to crucify her, Evergreen screamed,"Not if I can help it" and raced on after them.

I understood the motivation to try to rescue her but not the logic. Our numbers were already insignificant compared to theirs, we did not need to sacrifice any more lives. Every life was needed in order to secure a victory over the Romans.

I was trying to develop a less confrontational scheme to rescue Gabby but both adrenaline and emotions were running high. I was trying to remain calm and focused, to stay within myself. I afraid of what I might do if I gave into the emotions of the moment.

Without warning, Evergreen rolled back into the tent. She had managed to find and secure weapons. Swords. She tossed two swords at us. She yelled"Come on let's go!" Puella and I stood there motionless in what must've seemed like forever, unsure of just what she was asking us to do.

Our lack of zeal and effort enraged Evergreen, she Queried in a loud voice," "Are you under the influence of the Furies?"

My eyes met hers as I said, "No I am not under the influence of the fuuries! Are you? Do you KNOW how MANY of Them are out there and How few of us are in here?"

Evergreen snapped back;" You can come with me or die where you are sitting. They plan to kill us all anyway. We might as well die like Amazons and not like cowardly old women!"

Inside I am fuming, of course I want to fight these Roman dogs, but I had hoped to do it on our terms, but then again nothing has gone as planned...

I was about to grab for a sword when I heard Puella say to Leara-" You have a couple of scouts here with you, get them to release the horses. We will need them to escape."Solaria and the others are apt to be near by.

I looked at Puella like she was insane- she was ordering Leara to help us- I shook my head in bewilderment. Had they all just gone mad and lost their common sense?

Puella and I looked at each other sizing each other up. As we exchanged looks, the familiar Ca-Cooo call came from outside the camp. It was our other Amazon sisters signaling us!

Puella saw the glean in my eye and surmised that we had been signaled. Evergeen stood up, opened the flap of the tent signaled and took off running .. with Evergreen's departure, Puella was off and running too saying," Evergreen can't save Gabby alone- Xwpfan and Phalon are you coming?"

Phalon and I took off running towards the cross, we were maybe a half pace behind Puella when I heard her say," Nice to see you joined the party."

I did my best to give her a half smile but out of the corner of my eye I saw Zena, proud Zena tethered to the young warrior Vasca. My instincts had been right, Zena couldn't see.

Puella had seen the same thing and looked back at Phalon and I and nodded towards Zena.

Without hesitation I rushed ahead to take point. I had to protect Zena from any oncoming soldiers.

We carved a bloody trail to the cross, slain Romans laid everywhere. I was doing my best to make a path to the cross and to protect Zena at the same time.

As I dropped one soldier to his knees two more came at me, leaving Zena unguarded .

I swung my sword and connected with the neck of my first atttacker, as I made my downward movement the taller one jumped on my back. I hurled forward and landed on one knee, send him flying on to the ground in front of me. Without nearly a thought I ran my sword threw him, killing him instantly .

I was looking for Zena when I heard Puella cry out "Zena to your right behind you!"

With that Zena in one swift move beheaded Flavius and continued towards the cross. As we got close to the cross I saw Zena raise her chakram to eyelevel when she heard Little Gabbyfan weakly cry out "Mother" she let it fly towards Gabby's ankles.

I ran to the cross and got there in time to catch Gabby



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leara - 07:26pm Jun 7, 2002 ET (#283 of 330)

A Messed up Mess

I have really done it this time!! I can’t believe I just kicked Evergreen we are inside the tent it was not necessary it is so hard shifting in and out of control with the monster. Gabbyfan just had to see it I must have the worst timing ever. My shocked state allows her to actually knock me down and beat me good. The Romans are now here those bells on the staff have started the alarm, they are taking her out to make an example of her she will be the first to the cross. This cannot be how do things get so messed up? Well this is nothing unusual for me.

Finally Scout helps me to my feet in this empty tent. We peer out at the scene. The Amazons are skilled warriors no doubt. They are easily handling the Romans as they keep coming to the scene. This scene unfolding before me is mesmerizing creating a trance like state. I am snapped back to reality by the fear inspiring look of make a decision from Evergreen. The next Roman that begins to charge to them on my left find my sword drops him in his tracks.

“Scout, go get them some horses ours will be fine. They have to get out of here.” I command.

I find myself watching the Amazons on their way to get to Gabbyfan free. Finally Evergreen makes it to the cross catches Gabbyfan who fell down. Scout brings our horses and along with her come the Amazon’s horses. Six of the finest horses I have ever seen. They run to their masters sides and are ready to get out of this Roman camp as well. To help the Amazon’s escape we join the fight we are late but we will be the clean up crew.

The monster takes over and there is no time for playing just straight for the kill. The fact that I am battling against them is enough to knock them off their guard. I plant my sword into the chest of one then the next. The third has come to his senses and offers a defense and meets my blade stopping it. “We could do this all day but I haven’t the time” I remark in a hoarse whisper as I plant my dagger in to his chest. Turn to look and I see the cross is empty and no Amazons remain in the camp. The Amazons have disappeared into the cover of the forest and the Romans have broken off their pursuit. A smile washes across my face I know now that I was wrong about the Amazons as I had always hoped in my heart.

The sound of battle the steel clanging and the groans of the dying fill the air it will be a few minutes until the reinforcements arrive from the other side of the camp. Scout there must be no survivors to betray us I motion and so we begin the work of continuing to ensure the soldiers are dead. We could leave here but that will mean that we will die for sure at least here we have a fighting chance.

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xwpfan - 11:09pm Jun 7, 2002 ET (#284 of 330)

Rescue Mission continued...

Little Gabby fell into both Evergreen's and my arms. For a brief moment I held the most precious cargo in Amazon history. As I held her I could feel Gabby's body convulsing as she sobbed. I turned her back towards Evergreen so she could comfort her and I could fight the oncoming Romans.

Two Romans attempted to come up behind us but were dispatched by the deadly accuracy of Amazon archery. Swoosh- thud. Swoosh -thud. As we stepped over their bodies, sharp whistles filled the air. I was sure I heard Puella trying to whistle for horses that belonged to the Amazons and I laughed thinking "our horses will never come to you they don't know your whistle ... at least not yet."

I could hear the horse struggling,they knew something was a foot. All they needed was a whistle they recognized to try to obey their commands.

Evergreen gave such a command with a piercing shrill whistle. Suddenly the sound of boards breaking and horses galloping could be heard above the clanging of swords.

Although our horses were battle hardened, the overwhelming stench of blood and death along with the noise of the battle must been too much for the noble but sensitive creatures. The horses had become skiddish and had scattered off.

Without the horses I knew it would be more difficult to get us all out alive. I was glad when I heard Evergreen yell to Puella to get Gabby and Zena safely to the woods. Getting them out of harms way was a top priority and a relief to us all.

I fought my way over to act as cover while Puella gathered Gabby, then Zena and her young Amazon guide. I knew Puella would give her life to protect them, but I still felt compelled to protect and watch until they got to the edge of the woods.

Once they disappeared into the edge of the forest. I turned my full attention to the battle at hand. Romans were everywhere, with each turn of a arm or a head there was a Roman. As withdrew my blade from the dead body of yet another young soldier,this one not much older than little Gabby I saw my hands were crimson red not just mere drips or drops but literally dyed red from all the Roman blood I had spilt just that day.

For just a fraction of a moment; a moment of grief and self-doubt. I did the unthinkable and I let go of my sword. I stood there unable to move, frozen in my own guilt when a Roman soldier tried to thrust his knife into me, fortunately he was only able to put a 2 inch gash in my right leg before I came to my senses.

My leg was on fire and oozing blood, despite the obvious pain I kneed him and he fell to his knees, wincing and covering his privates. Under other circumstances I might've let him go, but today was not a day to have survivors so quickly drove me sword into his heart and pulled it out again.

I don't know why but I felt I needed to take his family crest and insignia off of his uniform as I pulled my sword out of his body. As I stood up I saw Leara just watching not participating for either side. I was livid!

I wanted to attack Leara, but the others seemed to have some level of trust in her. So I just said aloud, "Your day is coming Leara. soon. Very soon."

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EvergreenLM - 01:07am Jun 8, 2002 ET (#285 of 330)

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Tying Up Loose Ends and a Sister

Evergreen looked about and saw that the others one by one were escaping to the safety of the forest secured by Sister Amazons.

Some of the tents had been set ablaze and the wind whipped the fire causing it to pop and crackle. Moans could be heard from the wounded and dying. Evergreen stopped,and surveyed the carnage surrounding her.

How many? How many will have to die in such a like manner before peace could return to this land? Tears for both the Roman dead and injured Amazons streaked Evergreen's cheeks. She did not realize how tightly she was holding her sword. Her hands and face were covered in the blood of men slain because they had sworn an allegiance to white robed men in Rome whose soft hands never held a weapon nor heard the cries of the dying.

A faint whimpering floated in the air and caught Evergreen's attention. The sound became louder, and Evergreen realized that it was Little Dog! She whislted. The injured, but very much alive, canine warrior limped over to where Evergreen was standing.

"Come here, boy",Evergreen softly said. "We need to get out of here before the soldiers that ran to the woods return with a second wind for a fight."

Evergreen picked up Little Dog and threw him over her shoulder. As she began her own retreat to the forest, Evergreen saw leara still standing motionless in the same spot she had maintained throughout the entire conflict.

"By Zeus, I cannot leave her like that." Walking in leara's direction, Evergreen stooped to pick up a length of rope used to tie Little Gabby to the cross.

leara made no attempt to move as she saw the battered and bloodied Amazon taking decisive steps towards her.

Evergreen was finally standing face to face with her past. If there was any recognition of Evergreen on leara's part,it was not shown. They stood staring for a brief moment neither turning away.

"leara, do you not recognize me?", Evergreen said in a compassionate tone.

"I am you sister,leara,do you not remember?"

leara stood steadfast saying nothing and with eyes that did not blink.

"Well,dear sister, we don't have the gift of time to get reacquainted here. If we linger much longer we will not live long enough to speak about the past.

Evergreen sat Little Dog down, and grabbed leara's hands. She made no attempt to break free or speak. Evergreen quickly bound her wrist leaving a length of the rope for a lead.

Little Dog was hoisted back up on Evergreen's shoulder, and with her two charges, she quickly moved towards the forest. She did not look back and had left the regrets for the day behind with the dead.

Evergreen said aloud, "Everything happens precisely as it is meant to be."



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phalon - 01:35am Jun 8, 2002 ET (#286 of 330)

Evergreen, Xwpfan and Phalon had stood their ground and fought off the soldiers that kept coming at them from all sides. They were fighting a losing battle. There were just too many of them. For every one that fell, two more took their place. They had to make a retreat, but how? They were surrounded.

At least Little Gabbyfan had gotten out with Zena and Puella. Phalon was furious at herself for bringing Gabbyfan into this place. How irresponsible she had been. She should have realized how the girl would have reacted upon seeing her mother in the hands of the Romans! Phalon hoped she had made it safely into the forest with her mother.

No time to berate herself now. She would have plenty of time to do that later, if they got out with their lives. She needed Agapanthus. She had left him just inside the cover of the forest when she and Gabbyfan had made their grand entrance into camp. She whistled for him, and hoped that during their short time together since they left Cyrene's he had developed enough trust in her to heed her call.

The great black stallion proved his allegiance. He was at her side in a moment's time. What Phalon needed now was in the saddlebag. She had to keep fighting off the soldiers while rummaging through the bag that held most of her medical supplies. Ah, she had it! She pulled out a large pouch of powder. Sulphur! It had many medicinal purposes, but it was not healing that was on her mind now.

She ran to the still smoldering fire that was once the ammunition tent, swinging her "borrowed" Roman sword the entire way, pausing only briefly to check the direction of the wind. Perfect! She scattered the contents of the pouch into the dying flames. The odor was putrid, but more importantly, a thick blue smoke wafted across the camp. A smoke that was thick enough to provide cover for her Amazon friends and her to escape towards the forest. She called out, "Xwpfan, Evergreen, run NOW!"

Through the haze, Phalon saw Evergreen pick up the wounded Little Dog, and tether a seemingly dazed Leara and head out of camp.

Suddenly, a blow to her back! Phalon fell forward and landed hard. The sword she held was knocked from her hand. She felt herself being jerked to her feet and stood staring into the eyes of three Roman soldiers.

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phalon - 02:20am Jun 8, 2002 ET (#287 of 330)

The hit from behind had left her slightly disoriented. The sulphur's sickening smell filled her nostrils. Phalon felt herself being pulled to another time. A vision filled her mind. This was not a spiritual vision, but a recollection of an event that happened not so long ago. She was transported back to a streambank. A vile odor. Fish entrails. And the hum of thousands of repulsive insects.

As she did then, Phalon now felt the bile rise within her throat. This time she did not fight to keep it down. Her gorge spewed from her mouth and hit it's intended target - the faces of the Roman soldiers.

As the soldiers doubled over, now retching and heaving themselves, Phalon again whistled for Agapanthus. She pulled herself up on her horse and wiped her mouth on the back of her hand. Looking down upon the disabled men, she said, "You Roman filth make me sick."

Under the cover of smoke, she made her way into the forest.

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leara - 08:45pm Jun 8, 2002 ET (#288 of 330)


Cracking UP

I blink the tears from my eyes and the whole scene has changed. The melee of fighting warriors is dwarfed by a string of crosses that are innumerable. The Romans are swarming in to the last of the Rebels. I urge them on shouting, “Get them! We will line the roads with the enemies of Mother Rome!”

My view of the scene is eclipsed by a beautiful yet strangely familiar woman who is standing in front of me. Her lips are moving and there is sound but I can not make it out. I am not understanding. She grasps my hands and ties them together. I look at my own hands. They are clean and empty. My tunic is not even mine how strange.

The expression on my face has not changed it is like it is permanently there. I follow in the direction that I am pulled. My head aches with each beat of my heart, every breath I draw and step I take. The warm blood continues to trickle down through my hair and slowly soaks my tunic. It takes all my strength to stand and move one foot in front of the other. The thoughts are blocked out I hear and feel only the Thump Thud Thump Thud… of the beat in my head calling out the cadence to which we are moving.

All I want to do is lie down a rest, sleeping the sweet eternal sleep but, I am compelled forward.



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xwpfan - 08:45pm Jun 8, 2002 ET (#289 of 330)

Full Stature

I tried to walk towards Leara but my leg buckled beneath me. As I fell to the ground in agony. I saw Evergreen leading Leara by a rope. I smiled through my gritted teeth at the thought of leara being our captive.

Alone, I sat on the blood soaked ground with the bodies of dead Romans all around me.I extended my leg for a closer look.I could see that the flesh was torn back and the bone was exposed on the inner thigh. The Roman's sword penetrated further than I had thought.

I looked around for help but my sisters had all made it back to the forest. I saw some of Leara's Tad members going around making sure the Romans were dead, but in my wounded condition I intended to only trust my sisters.

I knew if I was going to get back to the forest I was going to have to do it myself. I thought about my predicament, I knew I could not use my sword and sheath as a brace because I would still need a weapon if attacked.

As I sat there perplexed I noticed that in front of me laid a fine specimen of a dead Roman soldier. He had died with his sword still clasped in his right hand.

I crawled over and pried the sword out of his cold lifeless hands. His tunic was of finer linen than I had ever wore, I hated to tear such a fine garment but I knew I had to. I took my sword and I cut 3 long strips from his tunic.

I then put a 2 inch slit in the lip of the leather family crest that I had taken from the other soldier. I then slid the tip of the sword in it like a tiny sheath .

Amazed that my idea actually worked I found myself humming as I put the hilt of his sword next to my inner thigh .I double checked my make-shift sheath before I put the point of the blade against my ankle, then I tied the first strip around the sword and my ankle.

I couldn't help but think the crest looked strangely familiar, but I didn't know why. I pushed the thought out of my mind and tied the second at my knee cap and the third held the hilt of the sword against my upper thigh. I made sure it was secure to my leg.

With my leg now straightened,I had a new problem. I could not get up on my own accord. I need some kind of leverage to pull my self up. I scanned the area but nearly anything standing was now on fire or smoldering. The only thing left standing was the crosses.

I had no choice. I dug deep into the ground and began to drag my body with the sheer force of my arms towards the very cross I had caught Gabby from . I could hear my sisters yelling to me but I signaled them to stay. Inch by inch I pulled myself to the cross. When I got there I put my arms around the tree- like a lover's embrace and kept inching my arms up the tree while the base of the cross bared my weight as I tried to bring myself to my feet.

Finally, I had hoisted myself to my feet and the smell of Sulfur hit my nostrils. It was overpowering, I fought back the urge to vomit. I let go of the cross and nearly stumbled with my first step. I quickly unsheathed my sword and used it to steady me, but a sword is a weapon not a walking stick.

I was tempted to try to go back to the tent for Gabby's staff but I knew that would only leave me at harms way longer. I began to hobble towards the woods, casting a watchful eye with each step when Divine Retribution trotted up to me.

I petted his nose as he nuzzled me,I thanked Retribution for coming to rescue me. Inside I turned to mush, I knew I could never mount the horse in my condition.

Retribution seemed to know my thoughts and kneeled down low, so I could just swing my injured leg over the saddle.I felt tears of relief come to my eyes as Retribution came up to full stature.

I whispered, Take me to my sisters."

Retribution whisked me from that field of death and torment. My thoughts were already to the future there were traps to set,and plans to make before the Romans could regroup.

Finally we made it to the forest and to the welcoming arms of my [sign in to see URL] had all survived to fight another day.

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zena - 10:29pm Jun 8, 2002 ET (#290 of 330)
"Agere Sequitur Esse"

Camp Out I

Deep in the northern side of the forest, behind the archers and Zena's remaining warrior guard, the weary band of Amazons gathered to rest and wash. A stream trickled by with just enough water to wash the Roman and Amazon blood away.

First the sisters had made sure that Zena and Little Gabby had help in cleaning up and they left them safely under a tree. Phalon did her best to bind wounds, and gave special attention to the damage done to Xwpfan's leg. She came up with a salve from somewhere for the rope burns on Gabby's wrists and ankles but when she tried to look at Zena's eyes Zena brushed her away and said "Not now. Make sure everyone is taken care of first". "Stubborn Amazons.", Phalon thought. "I really like them."

Zena rested with her back against the tree and Little Gabbyfan cuddled close beside her. The little warrior rested her head and arms in Zena's lap and seem content to just be at peace. Sensing that the washing was finished, Zena called to Vasca, "Vasca, please come here for a moment." Vasca sat down at Zena's right side. "Yes, Zena?", she responded. "Vasca," Zena began in a small voice, "I lied to you. I am so very sorry. It wasn't a training excercise. I was afraid that if you knew I couldn't see you wouldn't take me into the battle. Forgive me." "Zena," Vasca assured her, "I understand what you needed to do and why you had to do it. Of course I forgive you." "Well I DON"T understand and I want to know what we are going to do with these two burdens", Hippolyta gestured toward Zena and Little Gabby.



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xwpfan - 01:23am Jun 9, 2002 ET (#294 of 330)

You swim like a dog

We had all made it back to the forest and what a joyful reunion it was. Hugs, smiles and tears were ever present in the camp. The hugs began to disapate as we wanted to clean off the stench of the battle and to cleanse our wounds.

Puella helped me down to the stream, but I pointed out that there was a little further down little wade pool, Puella reluctantly lead me to it.

When we got there I asked Puella if she could help me take off my borrowed boots. Ever so gently she removed each boot, when she finished she offered my hand as a brace to stand, instead I playfully pushed her in the [sign in to see URL] she sat soaking wet with a shocked look upon her face I just roared!

Puella looked at me and said," So you think your smart? So how are you going to get in the water then?"

I laughed defiantly, "I guess if I can crawl over dead soldiers I think I can crawl to clean them off me!"

Puella howled with laughter as I crawled into the water and began to paddle. She shouted, " You swim like a dog!!

I teased back,"How do you think I learned how to swim?"

Finally we floated over to a rock and rested our backs on it.

I turned to Puella and said, "Can we be serious for a minute?" Puella nodded.

"Puella, I almost didn't make it out this time. One of these days I may not. for many tears now I have been raising Amazon children who have lost their mothers, since I never bared children of my own. Currently there are three that I have been caring for and training They are no longer small children but rather young warriors,but they still need much guidance and love.

"Vasca and Solaria are bright wonderful, loyal Amazons who will give their all in an exercise or task. Hippolyta is from a linage of Queens. She is strong, proud and boastful. She is my ambitious one, and the one I worry about the most. she fears no one and is apt to speak her mind to anyone. There have been times when I have feared for her future.

"I tell you these things because you are my friend and my sister. you and I are of equal skill and have similar ways of thinking. Although you are not yet schooled in the ways of the Amazons, I know you posses great love and loyalty to the sisterhood. I want You if anything should Ever happen to me,to watch over these three.. they are the only legacy I have."

Tears streamed down Puella's face as she weakly said, "I would be honored to."

"Good, now let's get out of here and get my leg tended to, we have plans to make and traps to set."

Phalon was immediately at my side tending to my leg, as she tended to it she said it's going to hurt for a while and your going to have a nasty scar- about 2 inches long and maybe about an inch wide. I nodded I had figured as much.

I hobbled up under a tree I need a nap to recoup my energy if I was going to fight the next day. When I closed my eyes all I could see was the Roman's family crest...

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dscout - 01:36am Jun 9, 2002 ET (#295 of 330)

Scroll of the Dumb Scout 11 Amazons 1 TAD 1= Romans -2

This can’t be happening again. But there it is another Amazon has just landed another blow to the head of Leara and she has done nothing to stop it. She must be on some strange need for barbarous affection of late. She is on the ground and does not move even after the Romans drag the little attacker out the tent flap.

These supposed calm collected Warriors become enraged and out the tent they rush. This is insanity of the highest degree. Then the one comes back in with Roman swords and calls us to arms “Let’s not die like cowardly old women.” The others in the tent rush past and join the growing fight out side. Leara is still on the ground but she is somewhere else in her mind. I take hold of her arm and help her to stand up. I help her to get out of the tent expecting to join in the battle but, nothing happens.

We need to get out of here. Puella is right horses are the best way to charge past the foot soldiers. Leara seems to be able to stand alright and should be here when I get back. I am not dying with out a fight. I think to myself, 'might as well take a few Romans along the way.' As I pass between the tents I meet a couple of them with my blade. Nothing ever works as well as the old trip them and plant to the chest. It fairly quiet not drawing undue attention. It is not a sporting way to kill but it is very effective.

Horses at last! I wish I could still whistle it would make it much easier. They are restless some hear their masters calling and are eager to join them. I open the door, they are crashing the corral the stampede of confusion begins but my horse waits for me. I have to make my way back through the tents to Leara she is gone.

Her sword is sticking in the ground where she left it. Inside the tent I pick up our things I am heading out to the forest where the first two Amazons were brought in from. If I die trying to find her so be it I will not leave her alone. I tell the others with us to leave the camp and join the Army. They are to wait, following the Amazon lead as to battle plans and keeping close watch on their flank.

Tactis seems to have headed out already he is a good horse despite his Roman origins. I feel the sulfur filling my lungs but I will not lose Leara this time. I ride hard out of the camp right up the clearing where the Romans were cutting their wood for the crosses.

I follow the retreating hoof prints. They are tying to be deceptive as to their whereabouts but I will not lose Leara this time. I dismount and follow the low voices. I can not quite make out their conversation but follow the sounds. I will wait here in the shadows watching until the time is right to move.

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phalon - 02:43am Jun 9, 2002 ET (#296 of 330)

Ministering the Wounded and Weary

Phalon had finished tending the wounds of her friends. Thankfully, none of the injuries had been life threatening. Zena's blindness should only be temporary. The gash Xwpfan suffered on her leg was deep and she would most likely walk with a slight limp for many years to come, but though painful, it was a clean cut and now that it was stitched, it should heal nicely.

She walked over to Agapanthus. "Ah boy, what fine friends you and I have become", she whispered into his ear. He nuzzled her face in seeming agreement. Every possession she owned was packed into the saddlebags and bedroll which he carried, for Phalon had no one place she called home. She was a nomad, a wanderer travelling to where ever her visions took her. She unsaddled the horse and rubbed him down.

Her friends and her horse now taken care of, Phalon tended to herself. She took some clean garments from her bags and headed to the stream to bathe. The cold water felt cleansing to both her body and mind as she washed the gypsy paint and the grime from today's skirmish from her face. Once bathed, Phalon donned a fresh tunic and riding breeches. Much more appropiate attire for the impending war then the gypsy garb she had just shed. She belted her ever present pouch of herbs, tonics, and of course, Puella's necklace, around her waist.

Puella's necklace. Phalon felt the time was not yet right for her to return it. Puella was not ready. She still had not accepted Evergreen. The time would come soon enough, Phalon knew, when the talisman's powers would be needed. Until then, Phalon would keep it safe, waiting to give it back to it's rightful owner.

Feeling refreshed, Phalon laid back and stared up at the stars through the trees. The cool breeze rustled the leaves overhead and the night air felt crisp and fresh against Phalon's skin. She saw a star shoot across the sky. Closing her eyes, Phalon dreamt of a time before she knew the ugly face of battle. A time before the visions. A time of youth, innocence and love.



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girlpower - 03:47am Jun 9, 2002 ET (#297 of 330)

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Puella could barely believe the words I heard coming from Evergreen’s mouth. "Puella, take Little Gabby and RUN for the forest! Grab Zena as you go and get them both out of here!" I was able to get them both to safety. There was no thought involved only instinct. I ran as far as I could into the forest. When the sounds around me assured me it was safe, I set little Gabbyfan down into the awaiting arms of her mother Zena. We were joined shortly by the rest of the Warriors that were in the Roman camp that day. I sat anxiously as I watched each of them arrive.

Where is Xwpfan, I wonder if I should go back and try and find her. Suddenly I smelled sulfur. Following the smell I see Xwpfan attempting to dismount Leara’s horse. Her leg is badly injured. I raised my arm up to her and she excepted my help in removing her from the horse. “We must get that cleaned up.” I helped Xwpfan down to the stream, but she pointed out a wade pool just a little ways in the distance. No leeches please, I pleaded inside my head, as we made our way to the water. I helped her remove her boots and offered her my hand. Suddenly, I was in the water, Xwpfan laughing on the shore. It was such a relief after the emotional rage of the day to just relax. As I lay in the water Xwpfan turned to me and said, “"Puella, I almost didn't make it out this time. One of these days I may not. For many years now I have been raising Amazon children who have lost their mothers, since I never bared children of my own. Currently there are three that I have been caring for and training they are no longer small children but rather young warriors, but they still need much guidance and love.” I listened as she spoke of, Solaria, Vasca & Hippolyta. “I want you if anything should Ever happen to me, to watch over these three... they are the only legacy I have.” My eyes filled with tears of pride and understanding as I spoke. “I would be honored to.” In effort to lighten the subject Xwpfan said, "Good, now let's get out of here and get my leg tended to.”

As Phalon tended to Xwpfan’s wound I walked around the camp. Little Gabbyfan is asleep already. She has had a hard day, but she is back safely with her family. I walk up to Leara. She is in some sort of trance like state. I waved my hand in front of her face and there was no response. “Gabbyfan didn’t hit you that hard.” I said aloud looking for a response. “You better come out of this soon, because no one will be sitting around keeping you safe once the war cry is sounded.” The look in my eyes show the anger I feel when I see this woman. Standing up I speak out, “dscout I know you are out there, come here and tend to Leara.” Quietly dscout stood and began walking towards me. “If you need anything come to me. Time to get some sleep.” I walk back over towards Xwpfan, seeing her asleep under a tree, I walk up to her and whisper, “Goodnight.” Then I find a place in between her and Gabbyfan. In case Gabbyfan needs anything before Zena and Evergreen return. I lay down and try to fall asleep…

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phalon - 04:30am Jun 9, 2002 ET (#298 of 330)

Love Lies Bleeding

In her dream, Phalon was transported back to her youth when she was a girl not much older than Little Gabbyfan was now. A time when she knew love. The love of her mother, father and younger brother, and of a handsome young man from her village.

During the day, Phalon helped out in her family's shop. She loved the store, working amongst the bottles of fine olive oils, wooden bowls filled with dried figs, herbs and baskets hanging from the ceiling rafters, stacks of linens and silks, incense and candles, and general goods. All the scents intermingled and tickled her nose with a musky, earthy smell. Her young suitor would come in to make his purchases daily. Stolen glances and sweet smiles. A feather light touch of a hand passing goods over the counter. Phalon always felt her heart would come out of her chest it beat so wildly when he was near.

Each afternoon, when the work day was done, Phalon ran to the meadow. She practically flew over the ground to their meeting place under a large tree. He would be there always, a smile on his face, and arms outstretched, waiting for her to rush into his embrace. There they would sit and talk until the bright sun of the day gave way to the moon's glow. Talk about the day's events, of future plans and of their love for each other. When the moon was high in the night sky, reluctantly they would part until the following afternoon.

One day, while in the store, a young boy from a neighboring village burst through the door. Out of breath from running he explained that a group of Roman soldiers were marching through, taking young maidens into their custody to become slaves. Phalon's father quickly grabbed her and pulled her into the store's back rooms that were their living quarters. He quickly cropped her long hair close to her head with a pair of shears and had her change her clothing into that of her younger brother. Her statue was slight but muscular, and with the baggy boy's clothing, she could easily pass for a boy of about twelve.

The Romans came though, cutting a swath of destruction through anything that came into their way. Houses were destroyed, girls and women were taken, and protesting fathers and husbands beaten or killed. They ransacked the shop, taking what they wanted and destroying much of the rest. One of the soldiers felt Phalon's mother was not moving quickly enough to get the supplies he demanded and slapped her mother hard across the face. Phalon felt her temperature rise and her face grow hot. Angrily and impetuously, she rushed at the soldier with all her might. He easily beat her off and threw her to the ground. As her head slammed into the floor and she faded into unconsciousness, Phalon had the first vision of her life. Even as she lost consciousness, she KNEW what she was seeing was REAL.

A young man in a field, under a tree. Holding a bouquet of daisies, his love's favorite. He turns a looks behind him, a smile on his face, arms outstretched, expecting to see his beloved. Instead he is greeted by the venomnous jeers of soldiers. The smile fades into a look of horror. The flash of a sword. Cries of protest. The sickening THUD of a body hitting the ground. Daisies, petals once the pure white of innocence, scattering in the wind, now tinged in red.

Phalon's family was spared during the raid because the Roman's needed the store for future supplies. In fact, the entire village faired fairly well, all things considered. In time, people returned to their day to day activities, and life began to take on some aspect of normalcy. Not for Phalon though. Everywhere she looked there were reminders. She had lost her one true love. She was forever changed. She grew weary of the hushed conversions when she entered a room. The visions were becoming more frequent. She did not like seeing into other people's lives, or understand why this was happening to her.

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phalon - 04:43am Jun 9, 2002 ET (#299 of 330)

Love Lies Bleeding, (cont.)

It wasn't long after that she left home. A band of gypies befriended her, teaching her methods of healing and that her visions were not a curse or something to be feared. True gypies. Not the petty ones that masqueraded as fortunetellers in carnivals, making a mockery of the gift and using it for money.

But she dreamt of none of this now. Only of the power of young love. Phalon was happy. Happiness never seemed to last long for her though, and she woke with the realization that war was near. Her happiness turned to dread.



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Lucystar1 - 08:29am Jun 9, 2002 ET (#300 of 330)

"WAR, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?... ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

It was almost dusk. Lucystar stood on the grassy hill that looked down on the now blood-soaked glen, which once was the site of a large Roman Camp. The reins of her horse, Gypsy, were in one hand. Her other hand entwined with that of her queen and soon to be lover, Saxy, who also gazed down at the surreal scene below as A'Mira's reins laid loosely in her free hand.

How many died today, Roman and Amazon? How many of our Amazon sisters are on their way to the healers, some to live, some not? How many Romans are laying out there dying, far from their homes, their families and friends. All for the "Glory of Rome". Lucystar says that last line with a deep, biting bitterness in her voice.

"The Glory of Rome. What glory is there in dying far from home, for a cause none of them know, let alone understand." How do you explain that the only reason they gave their lives was for some pompous asses, namely Caeser and Pompey, who live only to kill or conquer anything and everything they think is a threat to their power.

Xena had tried to explain how the greed and lust for power can drive a person to do hideous things. After all, she said, "Look at what I once was, until I could no longer look myself in the face and tried to put down my sword. Until I met Gabrielle and she taught me that I could still be a warrior... only for good now, not evil."

And so here we stand, my love and I, hand in hand, staring down at that bloody field we left not more than a candlemark ago. I look over at Queen Saxy and I can see she is being drawn into her own battle of demons. Of being a Warrior.

As Queen, she has been challenged several times for her mask. Each time she has fought and won the right to remain our queen. Each time it was she and she along fighting. She had not had to order others to their possible death.

But, I believe, that as Saxy leads us--her people, her family and friends--into battle, a little part of her soul is lost. Isn't that what Gabrielle said after that last big battle at Helicon. And Xena had replied, "War is tough on the soul." It hurts to see such a person who is strong in mind, heart and soul, have to suffer that we might live in peace.

But I know she would willingly give her life for each and every one of us. It is that honor and loyalty that has been instilled in her by her mother and grandmother, our former queens. And she has earned our respect and loyalty, not by her birthright, but because of who she has become, a true Amazon Queen. Yet I know war is not her first choice and I now know this even more so, as we have finally acknowledge our souls' connection. And in doing so, I feel her anguish of the lives lost as it mixes with mine.

(to be continued...)

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Lucystar1 - 10:03am Jun 9, 2002 ET (#301 of 330)

'WAR, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?... ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! (Part 2)

As I turn from gazing at her face, my eyes move down to our clasped hands and I see the blood from so many as it dries on our hands, almost binding them together. like glue. I then look at our clothes and wonder what color were they really, for now they are soaked with blood. I suddenly wish for a large tub or even a spring to wash these memories off me.

I know Queen Saxy has no regrets over the battle we have just won. Neither do I, yet I can't help but replay it over in my mind.

The Amazons were all finally ready. Gods, it took them forever to arrive and get into thier positions. I don't think QS and I could have waited up in that tree much longer. Though I'm not complaining about the company I was with, But balancing on a branch is not conducive to romantic notions, not that It would have done me any good. QS was all busines. At least n the surface, but I saw the looks she kept throwing my way. "ALright, get your mind back on this story."

It was time for the Battle to Begin. QS gave the call for the archers to begin. First the flaming arrows. These helped panic both man and beast. With smoke everywhere we were all on the same footing. After the fire arrows, the archers sent several volleys into the main tents that were still standing.

Next the call to arms rang out after which Saxy and I left our perch and mounted our horses who were waiting below for us. Even before we had a chance to settle into our saddles and draw our swords, we could hear Amazon war cries rise across the little valley. Then as we rode into the battle the clashing and clanking of metal on metal became deafening. Everywhere I looked I saw Amazons fighting Roman soldiers. There was Evergreen, Zena, Puella, Phalon, xwpfan, leara? and yes there was even our littlest warrior, Little Gabby Fan. I tried to keep an eye out for her as I entered into my own battles with the soldiers, as i knew our Queen was doing the same thing. However after a few moments, I could tell she had received the very best of training and with her mother close by, I turned my attention to the soldiers around me and those around my Queen, for it was my job to watch her back.

It seemed the fighting went on for hours. Actually I think it did, for it is now almost dusk and we started the battle just after daylight hit the meadow. Of course it wasn't constant hand-to-hand. There were brief retreats to deal with the wounded on both sides as well as regrouping and modifing the battle plans. But we could tell the Roman soldiers were wearing down. Oh, how it hurts the male pride to be beaten by a bunch of women. They forget though, we're not your ordinary women, but amazon women.

During a brief break in the fighting, I search out Queen Saxy and find her just as she is putting another soldier out of commission. She looks over at me, smiles and shrugs. "Gotta do, what ya gotta do." I laugh at her silly grin and it feels so good, yet so wrong. How can I laugh when I am surrounded by death and suffering. But I am gently reminded by the hand on my shoulder that we did not start this by invading another's homeland. We were forced into it, but we will not run and hide. We must protect all that is sacred to us.

And with that thought passing beween us, we move back into the middle of the battle and begin protecting our sisters, our friends and each other. We will not stop until the last Roman soldier has either run away or is dead or dying. Our swords zing through the air meeting metal. The noise is becoming deafening but we battle on till the very end.

To help ensure that those running away, have second thoughts about coming back, Queen Saxy and I talk rather loudly to each other about Xena's return in a day or so with the area's militia. Well, we'll have one some day. The romans don't know that. Laughing with Saxy on that one.

(continued in Part 3)



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Lucystar1 - 10:20am Jun 9, 2002 ET (#302 of 330)

"WAR, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?... ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! (Part3)

As the battle is finally wearing down, a quick scouting reveals that we have succeeded in destroying any remaining weapons, thus making the place useless to any passing bandits.

So here we are, the Queen and her Second, standing together, side-by-side, hand in hand, waiting for our Amazon sisters to report in to us. Silently we offer up a prayer to Artemis asking that our losses be small. For we have fought hard and bravely for our families and way of life.

With that said, I lean over and whisper in my queen's ear. "The battle is over, now it is time for us to begin. For you said you could not think about us, until the battle was done." And I give her a kiss to remind her of her promise. The Queen raises an eyebrow and says "Since when did your memory become so good?" Then locking eyes with Lucystar, it is obvious what both of them want and Queen Saxy returns the kiss with equal conviction for fulfilling her promise.

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xwpfan - 10:57am Jun 9, 2002 ET (#303 of 330)

Victory at what cost?

The war for now was over... all the remained to do was gather the dead and the wounded. I stood on the battlefield surveying the lose of life at my feet is the dead body of my second charge Vasca. I close my eyes and try to remember what brought me to this moment... I remembered I had awoke with a start. ..

I had slept longer than I anticipated. I looked around and there was Little Gabbyfan and Puella sound asleep. My leg was sore and stiff, but I managed to rise on my own accord. I bent down and kissed Little Gabbyfan on the forehead, her eyes flittered as I whispered,"Be brave little warrior, you are the bright shinning future of this tribe"

I then limped my way over to Puella, I brushed her hair back from her sleeping face and I whispered," Your friendship and loyalty have been the nicest surprise I've had in many a moon. I pray to Artmeis that we will have many seasons to get to know each other better. Only the Gods know what will happen later this day, but I want you to know I am proud to call you my amazon sister and friend.

As I raised up I said under my breath, "To a strong Amazon nation." and I saw Puella's lip curl with a smile. I closed my eyes and burned that peaceful image into my head, knowing I might need it to comfort me in the day ahead.

I then ventured towards the rest of the group. We all looked weary and worn. I wondered how many would survive another day of carnage.

I looked around and saw my three charges Solaria, Vasca and Hippolyta standing talking amongst themselves looking all too eager for the war to start. I motioned for them to gather round me, they all complied.

I stared into each face, letting their eyes tell me their story. I smiled, I knew them all so well.

I put my hand to Solaria's cheek and said, "You look worried, both for me and over concerns how you will do in battle. Let me tell you it is a possibilty that I or none of you will make it back from this war. If that is the fate of the Gods remember, we shall see each other again in the Elysian fields. Solaria do you remember how brave you can be? You tried valiantly to save me when you thought a stranger was attacking me. I am honored to call you an Amazon warrior."

Hipolyta let out a nasty laugh as she said," Yeah some warrior!You protected her from her best friend."

I glared at Hippolyta, she bowed her head in silence.

"Vasca, my dear loyal and trusting Vasca. I know I can always depend on you to do the right thing. When I saw someone tethered to Zena, I knew it had to be you."

Vasca protested, "But Zena had said it was a training excercise, she lied to me!"

I smiled and said," And given the circumstance I would've lied too. The fact of the matter remains, you listened, obeyed and willingly protected her by being willing to put your own life at risk. I am very proud of you!"

I then turned to Hippolyta, she stood with her shoulders squared and her jaw set. I put my hand on her shoulder and said," My dear Hipolyta, you have been sent by the Gods to challenge me, to keep me guessing and on my toes. I never know what your capable of doing or saying at any given moment. You are fearless and headstrong.

It is for you that I fear for the most. Not just from the Romans, but the enemies you insist on making in our own camp. You need not throw your lineage around.

Everyone knows your ancestors were all [sign in to see URL] is not yet your time or season, you do not know nearly enough to even be the Queen's second, let alone Queen. Hipolyta eyes burned with anger as I spoke, I rested my hand on her cheek and said, but someday if the Fates allow it, you will now enough..."

I turned and spoke to them as a group. If you do not see me on the battlefield it does not mean I am not there, it simply means I've had to find other ways to fight the battle due to my leg.I intend to be there fighting side by side with each of you. Be safe and make me proud."

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xwpfan - 11:16am Jun 9, 2002 ET (#304 of 330)

Victory at what cost? continued

I gave each of my charges their orders, Hippolyta was to go with the lead group, so that she could learn how to lead and to follow directions. Vasca, I had charged with the protection of Little Gabby and Zena and Solaria, I had her remain with me until the battle begun and then I had her flank Puella telling her to guard Puella with her life...

I shook my head and tried to focus I had to bring Vasca's body back for a proper Amazon funeral. I bent down and gently scooped up her body. With tears streaming down my face, I hobbled back towards the others. I was met by Puella but she would not look me in the eye, I could tell something was wrong. Through my grief and anger I said,"Puella what's wrong?" Puella could barely speak, she said, "It's Solaria, she took an arrow that was meant for me,Xwpfan, it's bad I don't think she's going to make it." I stared at her in disbelief and said,"Take me to her ,NOW." I got there and Solaria was weak and losing blood, I cradled her in my arms and began to gently rock her as I softly sang her a lullaby. In the near distance I could hear a scout giving a report on the missing, the wounded and the dead.

I bitterly thought, Victory at what cost? At what expense, look at what I've lost this very day!

Suddenly, I heard the scout's voice dropped to a hushed tone.. something a bout a body of a dead Amazon being found with an Amazon sword sticking out of the body. Puella headed towards me.. I shut my eyes and I prayed, I begged Artmeis for Hippolyta not to have been involved in anyway...



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EvergreenLM - 02:52pm Jun 9, 2002 ET (#305 of 330)
"To Conquer Others is to Have [sign in to see URL] Conquer Yourself is to Know the Way"

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As Evergreen and Zena walked back to where the others were peacefully sleeping, except Phalon.

Phalon seemed to be transfixed on the crackling flames of the fire. As Zena and Evergreen approached, Phalon turned, looked at Evergreen, and silently pointed a shaking finger.

“Let me see you sword!”

Evergreen hesitated with a perplexed look on her face. She softly said,

“Alright,Why do you want it Phalon?”

“EG, please, just hand it to me, PLEASE,” Phalon said with a deep sadness in her voice.

Evergreen unsheathed her sword. No one but Zena knew the origin of Evergreen’s only real companion, that beautiful sword. She was surprised and even drew a breath when Evergreen so freely spoke to Phalon of it.

“Here, Phalon”, Evergreen said as she hand it over by the hilt. This sword was my father’s. It was given to him by a Silversmith who had spent some time with the Amazons."

"He had been found injured in the forest,was brought into their village at the time Xena and Gabrielle lived among them. He came to love them for the care,and healing, shown to a stranger. He also hated what he knew of Justinian's plan to annihilate them all and thought it a great irony to embellish the sword with the symbols of his enemy."

Evergreen continued in hushed tones as if she were talking of a dearly loved child.

“Father never knew that the blade, with which he vowed to end the life of every Amazon, was indeed ornamented with the very symbol of our power.”

“The symbol is that of WOMAN. The blue Topaz are the eyes of Xena, the entwined strands of brass and gold, the color of Gabrielle’s hair. The blood Garnets represent the life force of those that feel the power of the blade, and as the Fates would have it, the season of my birth. The silver moon, the golden sun, and the diamond stars, are the universe that binds us all and was given life by our Mother.”

“Justinian’s sword was the only thing Roman my mother took with her as we fled Rome. She recognized the meaning of the symbols giving me the sword as a sacred trust. I tried to return it to father after I killed him. Like me, that which he hated, and loved so much, brought to him his very end.”

Zena stood incredulous. She whispered, “Why are you telling her this? Why now?”

Phalon gently ran her fingers over the stones, then touching the symbols of silver and gold, stopping only when she felt the touch of the blood Garnets. She looked up at Evergreen, and with tears filling her eyes, handed the sword back.

As the sword passed between them, Evergreen’s dark eyes locked with Phalon’s reflecting the crackling fire in her tears. Without exchanging a word, Evergreen knew, Phalon knew, this was the sword of her vision.

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zena - 03:25pm Jun 9, 2002 ET (#306 of 330)

"Agere Sequitur Esse"

Day Is Done

As they returned to the others that evening Zena leaned on Evergreen, not feeling sure of her balance. They found Phalon to get something to stop the ache in Zena's head from the blow that had returned her sight. "I'd be fine if you would just keep your fist off my head," Zena tossed at Evergreen. "Oh, it's not as if your head isn't the hardest one here", she threw back. And so they bantered back and forth until Zena slipped down beside Little Gabbyfan to finally let the potion work. Phalon was having one of her mystical experiences and examined Evergreen's ornate sword carefully. Zena's mind was too hazy to understand fully what the conversation was about and she finally succumbed to sleep. Evergreen sat and watched her sister Leara until she too dozed. Too soon everyone was up and taking positions for the battle.

It went well, if a war can go well for anyone. The camp was destroyed and there was talk that Greek fire might be used to obliterate any traces of the Romans. The losses for the Amazons were minimal but painful; there are no faceless troops in a family. Vasca had died fighting bravely with Zena and Gabbyfan and Zena was sure that she went straight to the Elysian fields. Her loss would be felt by all, but even more poignant was the site of Xwpfan rocking a dying Solaria; the child she had raised to womanhood.

Zena knelt beside them and put her hand against Solaria's pale face, brushing her golden hair back as she had done when she tended her when she was small and sick. She looked at the wound from the arrow deep in her body and knew that in a few moments she would be gone. "Thank you Zena," Solaria whispered and turned her head painfully to see Xwpfan's face, "thank you Mother, you were always so.........." Solaria was dead. Wxpfan broke into a death song for her daughter that joined the wailing of the other women who had lost loved ones. Zena left them to their grief and went to embrace her own unscathed child.

"It's time to get back to our camp and decide what to do next. It's time to bury our dead.", Zena called as she began to gather the warriors for the trip back.



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Re: THE ZENA SCROLLS: CHAPTER I



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EvergreenLM - 07:30pm Jun 9, 2002 ET (#307 of 330)
"To Conquer Others is to Have [sign in to see URL] Conquer Yourself is to Know the Way"

A Final Encounter

The dawn broke and those at the camp site rose and silently went about their morning packing,checking weapons,attending to the horses,and quietly saying what mattered most to those they cared about so dearly.

Everyone knew what the next few hours would bring. All were acutely aware that the good-byes said may be the final parting of many Sisters.

No one showed any fear,but steadfast determination to do what had to be done. They did not ask for this conflict and yet they were drawn deeply inside where the only escape would be to fight their way home again.

The camp fires were extinguished. A circle was formed so all could see the others face. Each had her own story to tell about how they had arrived at this place in time. A final sign and shout"To A Strong Amazon Nation!" was done and the group dispersed.

Those who had formed a strong bond with a companion or friend met in twos and threes saying final words.

Evergreen,currying Whisperer's dark mane, watched all from a distance. There is no one but Zena who Evergreen would allow to see how deeply she cared for them all. Zena was holding Little Gabby. She broke away and approached the place where Evergreen stood.

"I have something I want to say to you",Zena said.

Evergreen never looked away from her task. "I think I don't want to hear it", Evergreen softly muttered.

"Do you not want to hear what may be the last thing we speak of?",Zena said with voice nearly breaking.

"No, actually I don't. It is my fault we are here. We should have gone to Thrace. You could have taken Little Gabby and lived out a peaceful life",Evergreen said turning and now facing Zena.

"No good-byes, Zena,please no good-byes for us",Evergreen turned back to combing Whisperer.

Zena turned to leave.

"Wait,Zena wait!",said Evergreen.

"I will promise you this, we will survive this day and we will have our journey to Thrace", I give you this as my oath",and with that said, Evergreen placed her sword with its legacy into its sheath, mounted Whisperer, and rode off into the direction of the sounds of Roman troops marching into the forest.

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EvergreenLM - 08:07pm Jun 9, 2002 ET (#308 of 330)
"To Conquer Others is to Have [sign in to see URL] Conquer Yourself is to Know the Way"

All's Well That Ends...

Shortly after Evergreen rode away, the others mounted up singly and in pairs. They were close behind Evergreen and caught up to her as they entered a clearing. A shout like thunder was heard and the Romans came charging out of the forest edge. Shields and drawn swords glistened in the early morning light,banners popped in the wind.

Evergreen swung off of Whisperer and swatted his flank,

"GO!", "Get out of here! GO now!",Evergreen shouted and thinking he should not have to die this day for what humans contrived.

Evergreen was thankful she left Little Dog with the wounded who could not ride nor fight.

Amazons dismounted,notched their bows,drew their weapons forming a circle so no one could come up to any one Sister from behind. The fighting began in earnest. Metal to metal,sai to short swords,arrows flying and finding their mark. Shouting,screaming,dust rising from the earth from this dance to the death, and it seemed to Evergreen that it would never stop.

"Just let this STOP",Evergreen pleaded to whatever god might be witnessing this from afar.

Evergreen could hear Zena screaming at Little Gabby to leave and run to the woods,but when she turned in to see her friend, Little Gabby was steadfast to Zena's side. Evergreen tried to see the others,XWPfan,Phalon,Puella,where were they?

Turning the other direction, Evergreen saw leara, Vasca, Solaria, and Hippolyta. Solaria went down and did not move.

"Bye the gods,let this end",Evergreen shouted out loud. Time stood still as the battle raged on. Finally, Romans began running for the forest. Swords were silenced and the only sound heard were those of the wounded and dying.

Evergreen cried from exhaustion. She lowered her sword,the sword of her father,turned, and saw Zena and Little Gabby. Evergreen raised her hand to them and could not understand their look of horror. Zena shouted as she and Little Gabby ran in her direction, "Noooooo!"

Evergreen heard the footfalls behind her turned and saw Hippolyta with raised sword. Evergreen was confused and did not react,she did not comprehend the import of Hippolyta's actions. She stood and looked into the eyes of a Sister,and saw a stranger there.

As Hippolyta brought the sword down for the kill, Evergreen heard a "[sign in to see URL]". She fell at Evergreen's feet. As she grabbed Evergreen's boot,with knife in hand,Evergreen drew up her sword and sent it into Hippolyta and watched as the light in Hippolyta's eyes was gone forever.

Evergreen turned to see Little Gabby,kneeling on one leg with bow in hand. Zena went to Little Gabby to gather her in her arms.

The walk to them seemed like an eternity. As Evergreen approached the pair,she stopped and looked back at her sword,the treasure bestowed upon her by her mother. The sword would stay leaving that part of her past behind with the dead.

Evergreen went to Zena and Little Gabby, and looking at the pair of as a most treasured possession,said,

"It ends here, it begins here. Let's go home."



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