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zena - 08:49am May 2, 2002 ET (#42 of 330)
"Agere Sequitur Esse"

Counting Heads

Zena received the Queen's permission with gratitude. She would have her sword back in her hand before Evergreen could see that she had lost the precious gift. Evergreen! She was still not with the group! Dawn was breaking and nearly a full day had passed since they had ridden out from Cyrene's. Perhaps Lurker Sue had not been trustworthy and had attacked Evergreen. When their orders were given, Zena would ask for news of her friend. As she looked over the band, there were several more not present. She anxiously hoped that they would soon ride in or report from their posts.

Zena stole a side glance at Joxcenia who was now sharing the same breathing space with Girlpower. "I won't worry about what you might be up to while we are in the Roman camp," she thought. "You can't so much as twitch an eyebrow without Joxcenia knowing. Not to mention the fact that she is in touch with the spirit world as much as she is in touch with us. Perhaps her vigilance will comfort my fears that this slave is trouble. And why does trouble always follow me?"

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Lucystar1 - 11:52am May 2, 2002 ET (#43 of 330)

A NIGHT OF DISTRACTIONS

Lucystar had stepped back and to the side of Queen Saxy, when the Roman slave fell at her feet. Thinking "Oh, that's going to go over big. Saxy hates grovelers, especially women grovelers." Lucystar grins slightly "Told ya so." Then she smirks "Oh boy, slave, are you in for it with Joxcenia as your "caretaker". That is one pissed off Amazon. Not only is she not get to do the rescue, but she had to wash off that mud in a cold stream." Lucystar is very glad SHE'S not that slave right now.

Looking over at Zena, Lucy feels a little tug on her heart. She knows how important that sword is to her. Zena may not have noticed Saxy's slight movement to where her breast dagger rests, but Lucystar caught it and smiled knowingly. Yes, a warrior and her weapons have a special bond.

As the others move off, Lucy catches Saxy's arm, "I'm glad you gave Zena permission to go in after her sword. Of course, you know she would have gone back anyway." Chuckling "At least this way her sisters can help with the diversion and maybe, just maybe, Zena will be successfull without getting into more trouble." Looking Saxy in the eyes "And don't think I didn't catch that touch on the hilt of your breast dagger." Winking "Mushball.

Lucystar turns away to go plan her own diversion, leaving Saxy with a cocked eyebrow "Mushball?" Lucy could hear her mutter "I'll get you for that one."

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xwpfan - 12:14pm May 2, 2002 ET (#44 & 45 of 330)

Watching over my sisters

Lurker Sue and I had gotten into camp just after Joxcenia. The rest of the group was already entering the Roman camp- I knew trying to join them would only put my sisters at risk. I looked around the encampment -even the dumbest Roman could find this camp I thought to myself. Lurker Sue and I quickly gathered some tree branches and swept over the many hoof and foot prints that lead in and out of the camp. Feeling better that we might not be able to be tracked to camp. I decided to have Lurker Sue guard the West end of camp- I figured any real trouble would come from the East or directly at us, so posting her in the West would be safe for everyone involved. I had her cover herself in mud and then cover herself in the loose foliage I had gathered. Once covered she took her post amongst the trees and bushes. Sue blended in beautifully. It was hard to believe she was not an Amazon. After making sure she was secure in her guard post I walked the length of the camp looking for a good sentry post. I spotted a tall tree with thick vines and foliage. Perfect. I broke off one of the vines, tossed one end up into the air wrapping it around a sturdy limb and hoisted myself up into the arms of the tree. I had the perfect vantage point. From my little perch I watched in pride as Queen Saxy and Lucystar took out the Roman Sentries. Pride quickly turned to deep concern and irritation as I watched a Roman slave girl help Zena out of her cage. Something didn't quite add up there. My irritation lessened as I saw Joxencia having to bathe in the cold creek ; for she had covered herself from head to toe in mud, as camouflage.I thought with much amusement as to what joxencia would like to do to the slave girl for ruining her plan!! My amusement was short lived for as I crept further on to the limb of the tree. I saw everyone returning to camp. I was able to see the slave girl briefly turn towards the South but then turn and begin to follow... it was now up to us to protect my sisters. I lept to my feet and gave the quietest but shrillest whistle I could muster. It was enough, it had alerted Sue. I saw Sue arise from her post and head towards me. As she ran towards me, I jumped to the ground and yelled "Come on we've got to catch that slave girl!" We ran through the forest,there would be no time for tatics or planning this time. Just pure strength and instinct. As we caught up to her Sue and I stopped for a brief moment,souting for any other romans or any other signs of trouble, then with a nod and a glance to one another we sprang into action. The fighting was not nearly as fierce as we anticipated. the Roman never made any any real effort to resist- we had her in our grasp within seconds. It didn't make sense Romans always gave such great fight but this one seemed like she wanted to be caught... Shaking my head I dismissed my thoughts ,I had a prisoner to deal [sign in to see URL] held my dagger to her throat and said "Give me one reason I shouldn't kill you right now?" "I can help you." she said. I was about to say "We don't need your help,we're Amazons, we get rid of Roman dogs like you! In my book the only good Roman is a dead Roman!" Lurker Sue cut me off and said,"Your Queen may want to speak with her". As she said those words the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. I wondered was she trying to protect the prisoner? Or was she trying to protect me from not following Amazon protocol yet again.. for the first time I had a fleeting doubts as to her loyalty and it disturbed me greatly. After a few moments of thought, I decided she was correct, Queen Saxy would certainly want to interrogate this Roman scum. As we approached the camp we handed the Roman slave over to two other Amazons,who took her straight to Queen Saxy. I wanted to sort out my thoughts and to check on my horse. Sue and parted ways, Sue wanted to clean off all her mud and foliage before being seen by Queen Saxy again. With everything that was going on no one had noticed us coming into camp. As I gently brushed my horse I watched as the Roman Slave girl was brought before Queen [sign in to see URL] she bowed in supplication I knew she was not what she presented herself to be... but the real question was what was she up to? Only time and observation could tell that tale. Queen Saxy listened intently to the slaves tale and smirked a bit when she described her capture. I waited with great anticaption as to what she might do to this strange. A smile came to my lips as Queen Saxy assigned the Roman slave to [sign in to see URL] thought "what pure genius !!Death would be a much less cruel punishment then what Joxencia will dole out" As they left the camp to retrieve Zena's sword, I couldn't help but think "this can only lead to trouble ..."

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zena - 03:13pm May 2, 2002 ET (#46 of 330)
"Agere Sequitur Esse"

The Path Taken

Ergo whinnied softly as Zena brushed her down. "Shh. I'm sorry you were left behind. We must advance on foot but I promise you many battles." The chakram still hung from her saddle and Zena put it back on her belt. She had some idea of where the precious sword might be kept. She had seen an armory in the camp and knew well the Roman practice of gathering spoils of war into one place for later distribution. The armory tent was only a few paces from the cage and there was ample shadow if they waited until sunset and went in before the moon rose.

The typical Roman encampment had four gates with the general's tent, or praetorium, in the center and flanked by the tents of the officers. A quick strike there could detach the army from it's "brain". It was not an easy strike however, for grouped around the officer's tents were the regular foot soldiers.

Zena presented herself for her orders from her Queen and for some indication of what the diversion would be. Remembering that she still had not had word of Evergreen she approached Saxy. "My Queen. I am ready. But before I go is there news from Evergreen?

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gabbyfan4ever - 10:41pm May 2, 2002 ET (#47 of 330)

A new family

Little Gabbyfan felt a wave of relief rush over her like she had never felt before. After fighting back tears to tell the Amazons how their fellow warrior had been captured, she finally broke down while relating the tale of her lost village and family. However, her friend Lucystar took her into her arms and comforted little gabbyfan. And, the great Queen Saxy actually offered her a place as an Amazon! Gabbyfan had a strong new family, and wouldn't be all alone as she had feared. Also gabbyfan was privilaged enough to get offered a place in the diversion team, that were to distract the Romans while zena got back her sword! As the Amazons walked towards the Roman camp, gabbyfan waited in anticipation to hear her Queens orders, and serve her new family...



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phalon - 12:43am May 3, 2002 ET (#48 of 330)

Phalon burst through the door of Cyrene's Tavern winded from the long ride. "Cyrene! I need some help here." She is half carrying, half dragging a semi-conscience man. "I didn't know where else to bring him, but here."

Phalon has passed through these parts before, and always makes it a point to stop at Cyrene's whenever her travels take her near the tavern. Although she rarely takes part in the conversation, she finds the banter pleasant, and sometimes quite boisterous. She feels at home with the women who frequent this establishment and most times is content to just sit back, sip a tankard of meade, eat a plate of root vegetables, (she is especially fond of the roasted parsnips), and listen.

"I found him up the road at a small village", Phalon explained as Cyrene helped her get the man into a bed. "It looked as if a massacre took place. Every last person dead, except for him. He took a nasty blow to the head, which has left him quite foggy, but the rest of his wounds are superficial. He'll be alright after some rest. The blow to his head is probably what saved him. It most likely knocked him out and the thieves mistook him for dead. He keeps muttering something about a girl. I can't make out exactly what he is saying. I suppose we'll have to wait until he is better to find out."

"He can rest here as long as it takes", Cyrene stated. "Those weren't thieves that did this though. It was Romans."

"Romans! Masquerading as thieves?! By the gods, what is going on?"

With the wounded man resting comfortably in bed, and his wounds tended to, Cyrene drew Phalon a pint of mead and sat down with her and began to explain all she knew that had happened.

Phalon wasn't an Amazon or a fighter by nature, but she could be pretty handy with a sword if need be. She had held her own in a few battles before and it sounded as if the women from the tavern could use any extra help that came their way.

Cyrene provided Phalon with some provisions for the road and a fresh horse. Phalon hated to leave her horse behind but he was road weary from the long hard ride and from carrying the extra weight of the wounded man. Wondering and worrying that perhaps she was too late, Phalon headed out in the direction the Amazons had taken just a couple of days prior.

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EvergreenLM - 02:10am May 3, 2002 ET (#49 of 330)
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Hiding in Plain Sight

Evergreen looked most intently at the shields glinting in the morning sun. "Legions? Perhaps not". There was something just not right. Evergreen quietly eased Whisperer back up the draugh,his hooves slipped in the cobblestone gravel,but he stayed true to the course. Evergreen rounded an embankment where a better view of the activity could be assessed. She was close enough to hear voices, and near enough to see a most amazing sight!

There were shields alright. Hundreds of them, all lined in a row,but without a doubt no men to match the number. "By the gods, I have heard stories of this! The armory!" Before her was presented hundreds of weapons, some certainly direct from Rome, some taken as the spoils in battle, and others from profiteering warlords.

With a blinding flash of understanding, Evergreen knew, THIS was the Roman encampment at the cliffs Cyrene had spoken of the day she left. As Evergreen reined Whisperer in a plan to circle back to the draugh, little dog leapt from the saddle,and hit the ground running-directly into the camp! "Go on you little meat eater! You'll find yourself on the end of a Roman sword soon enough!" Evergreen softly clicked,pulled the reins right,but Whisperer stood as if frozen by a Titan chant. " Okay, okay,okay! I'll go get him". Evergreen stepped down from the saddle and quietly walked the path that lead to directly into the Roman camp. To her great surprise,all was now quiet, not a soldier was in sight. Little dog ran inside a tent and Evergreen muttering oaths followed behind. "Come here dog! Evergreen entered the tent and gasp at what she saw. A table was before her strewn with battle plans, an Amazon necklace,food, and a sight she never believed possible, Zena's sword! Evergreen knew the jeweled pommel well. She also knew that Zena would die before parting with it, and yet, there it was. Evergreen grab up little dog,some fruit,a roasted leg from some unfortunate beast, and the sword. She turned, exited the flap of the tent, and came face to face with...

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Joxcenia - 02:31am May 3, 2002 ET (#50 of 330)
I Came... I Saw... I Went Home! lol

Sweet Revenge!

Joxcenia's eyes grew to little slits as a smirk took shape on her lips. So.... the slavegirl was hers to deal with was she... By Hades she'll pay for interfering in matters that didn't concern her. "On Your Knees," Jox barked her orders. "Never... under any circumstances... EVER..... allow yourself to tower over ME!"

Queen Saxy opened her mouth as if to protest, but held her tongue. She didn't like to see ANY woman treated in such a manner, but there was no way she was going to interfere until Jox calmed down. Only then could she be reasoned with. "Xwpfan," said Saxy as she drew her aside. "Make sure Jox doesn't kill our latest find... we may be able to use her to our advantage over the Roman soldiers."

"Yes, My Queen," Xwpfan said with a bow. "I shall do my best... but you know how Jox can get when she's like this."

"Well... do the best you can." With that said, the Queen dismissed her. Xwpfan made sure to remain a short distance behind the slavegirl and Jox so as not to come into Joxcenia's crosshairs.

"Do as you're told," barked Joxcenia even more loudly. Puella Virium did as she was ordered, and continued to act permissive. She must in no way expose her true intentions. Whatever this Amazon twerp dished out, she was going to take... After all.... wasn't SHE the bigger person!?!

Just then Joxcenia sniffed the air and made a face. "What's that smell?" she asks no one in particular. "It smells like ROMANS! Actually it smells like the Roman's filthy dogs... like they've been wallowing in pig droppings!" She sniffed the air several more times, and with each sniff she worked her way closer toward the slavegirl. "YOU! You smell like Roman garbage.... I think you should have a bath before I throw you in your cage!"

"I'll put some water on to boil," volunteered Lurker Sue, wanting to endear herself to the tribe, unaware that she could be signing her death warrant. All grew silent, not even a breeze so much as tossed about any a dancing flame in the campfire.

"You'll do no such thing," Joxcenia said through clenched teeth. She eyed the timid girl up and down. Hummm... another one to keep an eye on. "There's no time... this stench will lead the Romans directly to us. She's going to have to bathe in the creek."

"The one with the leeches?" Lurker Sue queried with a quivering voice.

"Of course not..." Joxcenia said as demurely as possible. "So... why don't you tell me where that is so I can be sure not to go there." She watched as Puella shot pleading looks at Lurker Sue to please lie to her... please! But Lurker Sue was looking at Joxcenia instead and happily supplied the information.

"Don't be gone long," Saxy called out as Joxcenia led Puella out of camp. "I may need your help in carrying out my plan..."



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girlpower - 03:39am May 3, 2002 ET (#51 of 330)
Courage is not the absence of fear... but the strength to conquer it.

Oh, I hate leeches!

Of all the Amazon’s, I had to be left in the care of Joxcenia. She clearly hates me. Why any woman would have such trouble with a little mud, is beyond me. Maybe she has a fear of dirt. I certainly won’t be able to observe the other tribe members, in this position. The Queen doesn’t trust me in the least, or she never would have placed me with this warrior. As I crawled on my knees, towards the creek for my bath. I was able to gather my thoughts. I’ve learned a few things about the tribe so far. First and foremost, submissive behavior is taboo. Though Joxcenia seems to like her role as dominatrix. I must assert myself to even think about getting near the Queen. I also see that these warriors have many different backgrounds. Some don’t look like they belong, but are fighting for the greater good and for their friends. As I sat in the freezing creek, pulling leeches off every body part imaginable, I was able to observe Joxcenia’s frustration. She knew she would have to stay behind, as the tribe prepares to leave. She’d rather be with her friends, raiding the Roman camp. Her manner says it all. This slave shouldn’t even be here, let alone me have to look after her. “Why didn’t you kill her when you had the chance?” Looking past me, Joxcenia acknowledged xwpfan, as she was hiding in the bushes. “Sue convinced me that the Queen may find her useful,” xwpfan answered. I can’t sit in this water much longer.. Girlpower spoke, “ May I get out Joxcenia? Joxcenia stared the slave girl and growled, “You will do what I say and when I say it, now sit still and scrub. You stink!” Girlpower spoke again a slight shiver in her voice, “There is only one legion of soldiers down that cliff, but within two moons there will be ten more. I hope the tribe can get in and out of there before their arrival.” Joxcenia flashed a look of shock. She took it as a threat and quick as a flash was in the water. She backhanded GP across the face. With that, GP slowly stood up. I was over a head taller then her attacker. Though she was certainly quicker then I, my fists would certainly do more damage. Knowing this GP gained a sense of control. I looked at her, my eyes throwing daggers at the Amazon. “You will not touch me again!” It took every ounce of control to continue on, “I was only giving you the opportunity to plan this out, so the tribe survives. Whether you like it or not, I am here and I want to live. If the tribe is unprepared, we all suffer.” With that said Girlpower sat back down in the freezing water, not taking her eyes off Joxcenia. It was now her move.

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zena - 09:08am May 3, 2002 ET (#52 of 330)
"Agere Sequitur Esse"

The Way

The helmet was a bit too big and the tunic had to be cinched up more than is usual but Zena was ready. There had been no word from Evergreen and the fear and anger that this brought was good fuel for battle.

As she passed little Gabbyfan Zena ruffled her hair. "Don't worry Zena, we'll get your sword back," Gabby was fairly bouncing with anticipation. "Hold it!" Zena grabbed Gabby's arm, "We don't make war for a possession. I foolishly lost my weapon and I alone will retrieve it. The rest of this day is about stopping this vanguard of 120 men from calling in the legions. All of Greece is threatened by their advances, not just this tribe, or the Amazon nation. We live together and fight as one. And now you are one with us." She finished with a smile for her young companion who was looking at the ground. "Fight bravely. I will see you soon my sister."

Zena left quickly and was soon at the western gate of the encampment. She gave the salute, "Ave Caesar" as she moved toward the armory. "By Ares these Romans stink. I'd be glad for a mud bath in Joxcenia's creek about now," she thought. The thought of Joxcenia covered in mud brought a smile to Zena's face.

At the armory tent Zena heard sounds within and so she pulled the Roman short sword from it's sheath. Then the tent flap opened and there was EVERGREEN. With a dog. With a turkey leg. With Zena's SWORD! Zena pushed them all into the tent and threw her arms around the whole pointy, greasy, familiar mess. "Where have you been? It's been a whole day. We have a young new member and a crazy slave, Joxcenia is covered with leeches and she might kill the slave, I fell off the wall and lost my sword, they put me in a cage, there are only 2 centuries of Romans here, whatever happened to Lurker Sue and I didn't know you kept a pet," Zena said in one breath. Evergreen slapped a hand over Zena's mouth and hissed in her ear "Shut up!"

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EvergreenLM - 01:06am May 4, 2002 ET (#53 of 330)
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The Road Home

Evergreen slapped a hand over Zena's mouth and hissed in her ear "Shut up!"

She was overjoyed and would like to have lingered in the welcoming embrace. Evergreen knew that there was a part of her in Zena. They had fought side by side,sang songs to celebrate their friends,and how could she ever forget the wonderful Solistice present, that wonderful coat.

"Zena, my friend, there will be time for this later. Whoever occupies this tent may return at any moment," Little Dog growled a gutteral sound with ears to the alert. " Is he a Roman dog? Can I expect an assualt below my knees?', Zena asked smiling."

Zena had still not let go of Evergreen. And in a place where time is altered and is slowed to see every crashing moment , Little Dog lunged at Roman boots. A short sword was raised and ready to strike. " No!",cried Evergreen spinning Zena away as the sword found its mark. Evergreen stood, reaching back for Zena, and looking into the disbelieving eyes of a young soldier. "Just-a-boy...",Evergreen whispered. She knew that this time, there would be no warm comfortable bed with brightly colored blankets at Cyrene's. There will not be another day to fight.

As she began to fall,Zena caught her and carried her weight to the ground. The young soldier again raised his sword to strike,Zena turns,sobbing, and tells him, " I don't care. Do what you must do." The boy hesitates,and as tears fill his eyes, drops his sword. " I have never killed before. I didn't know it would be like this." "What DID you think it would be like",sobbed Zena. "I didn't [sign in to see URL] didn't know. You must leave this place,you must leave now before the others return." Zena looked at the pain in his young eyes. " I will NOT leave without her!" If you feel sorrow then help me!"

Little Dog bolted out the flap of the tent and down the path where Evergreen had left Whisperer. Zena and the young soldier carried Evergreen outside laying her in the grass. Zena looks down the path. "By the gods!" There, coming up the path, was Little Dog,reins in his mouth, short legs in a crisp cadence, and leading Whisperer. Zena looks into the face of her friend,kneels, brushes the chestnut hair with splases of silver and smiles. " Boy, help me place her on her horse." Zena and the young soldier gently place Evergreen across the saddle of her trusted champion. Zena mounts Ergo,the soldier hands her Whisperer's reins.

Zena soflty kicks Ergo and starts down the path. Little Dog does not move. Whisperer halts,looks back at Little Dog,pounds the ground, turns away, and with his great head held high, begins his journey to carry Evergreen home.

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Joxcenia - 02:19am May 4, 2002 ET (#54 of 330)
I Came... I Saw... I Went Home! lol

So... the slavegirl has some backbone after all, Joxcenia thought to herself. It's always good to know just how far you can push a person. The only thing keeping her from asserting herself even more is fear of what the tribe will do to her if she were to overpower me. She either hasn't had much training in the art of warfare, or she's being clever enough to disguise it. I most definitely can't let her out of my sight.

Joxcenia turned away from Puella and waded back to shore. Gee Jox... going back into the icy water to smack "chickenstick" <Chicken = fowl -- stick = sh** -- as in... Foul stench! lol> around wasn't such a good idea. Brrrrrr! Joxcenia shivered from the extreme cold that raced up her wet legs toward the top of her head. Fortunately it didn't have far to travel. Twice in one night! Well, at least I'll sleep tonight without dancing, disrobing gladiators invading my dreams.

"Ahem..." Xwpfan cleared her throat. "Do you think the slavegirl is right about the ten legions coming in two moons?"

Joxcenia glanced back at Puella shivering uncontrollably in the water. "I doubt it," she growled. "The Romans would never let her overhear their plans.... unless she's a spy." She leaned down and scratched a twitching nerve on her leg. "Egads!" She yelled as she discovered there was a leech attached to the very spot. She glanced back in Puella's direction and mumbled under her breath... "Why I oughta!"

"Maybe she's had enough," Xwpfan suggested. "Queen Saxy would like to keep her alive."

"If she's a spy... she could prove useful." Joxcenia mused aloud. Yes.... the others could pretend to feel sorry for the way I'm treating her and make her think they're embracing her into the fold.... they could feed her lies and see if she takes the information back to the Romans. "OUT!" Jox barked. "NOW!.......... And leave those leeches be.... they bring out your complexion...."



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girlpower - 04:34am May 4, 2002 ET (#55 of 330)
Courage is not the absence of fear... but the strength to conquer it.

Girlpower continued to stare at Joxcenia, when she heard her say, “Out, Now, and leave those leeches be… they bring out your complexion.” I arose from the water, but not before carefully removing the buggers from the sensitive areas. Once on dry land, I attempted to keep the cold I felt to myself. I could see that Joxcenia and xwpfan were talking, but the chattering of my teeth kept me from hearing what they said. Obviously they are discussing whether to trust the information I had given them. Knowing Joxcenia would never forgive herself, if her tribe suffered because she failed to warn them. We headed back to the camp.

Gp was grateful to see a fire burning as they arrived back at the camp. The Amazons that remained there were pacing about. Every now and then I hear a snicker from the others. Obviously due to the 5 or so leeches still attached to my body. . I only hope that the fire will dry them out enough that the buggers will release me, or Joxcenia , becoming distracted, so I can remove them myself. Slowly I watched Sue approach, with an apple. I took it nodding thankfully. While Joxcenia spoke to a couple of the Amazons, I ate the apple and slowly picked off one leech at a time and threw them into the fire.

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EvergreenLM - 07:51pm May 4, 2002 ET (#56 of 330)
"To Conquer Others is to Know [sign in to see URL] Conquer Yourself is to Know the Way"

The Fates Were Not Amused

As Zena lead the Whisperer down the path, the sight of the Roman encampment left from her view. Everything had happened so fast there was no time to react. Just as she begin to tear up again, she heard uncontrollable laughing.

She turned in time to see Evergreen swing up onto Whisperer and shooting her a message with her eyes that danced with mischief. "Well, do you think THAT sufficiently scared the boy into going home to his mother?"

Zena flew off Ergo, grabbed Evergreen by the fringe on her tunic and pulled her off Whisperer. She slammed her shoulders down and pinned her to the ground. " That was NOT funny! Do you hear me, NOT funny!" I thought you were gone,that I had lost my friend! Don't EVER do that again, EVER! Do you hear me!

Evergreen stopped laughing at the sight of Zena's face,so full of anger, pain, and relief all into one look. "I am sorry,really, I am." Evergreen reached up and gently grabbed Zena's arm. "Help me up, please, let me up."

Zena rose off Evergreen,extended her arm, and pulled her up. There was only silence, each not knowing what to say to the other next. " I SAW the short sword pierce your tunic",Zena said softly. " I saw it."

Evergreen looked at the slit in her tunic and reached underneath. "Here, leather maps,battle plans. I rolled them up and put them inside my tunic just before you came in. I stepped back and turned with the thrust of the sword. It glanced off the folds of the maps." Evergreen grabbed her friend's shoulder,looked down to the ground and back into her face. " I AM sorry." I didn't mean to make you cry."

Evergreen put her fingers to her lips and whislted. Little Dog came flying out of the underbrush. "Let's go my friends. The Fates may not smile in my favor another time. We need to get the maps to the others."

Little Dog looked at the two friends. "This ought to be a fun trip." He leapt into Evergreens arms and she mounted Whisperer. Zena,still not moving, looked at Evergreen, "Okay,but NEVER again,promise?" With a smile and a wink, Evergreen raises her hand,"Promise".

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zena - 09:23pm May 4, 2002 ET (#57 of 330)
"Agere Sequitur Esse"

Mortal Beloved

The rage and sorrow inside Zena was nearly suffocating as she led Whisperer through the western gate. The sentries were temporarily gone, moving toward the diversion that could be heard rising to a crecendo.

Zena stood a half of a head taller than Evergreen and had been bent forward to greet her in the armory tent. She had not seen or heard the boy who stabbed her come in and she was racked with guilt. Seeing her friend die because she had let down her guard was overwhelming and she felt as if the sword that pierced Evergreen had also sliced her own soul. Struggling for control she vowed to take Evergreen's body safely to the meadow in the valley and return to throw her whole heart into killing every Roman that breathed. Just as she begin to tear up again, she heard uncontrollable laughing.

She turned in time to see Evergreen swing up onto Whisperer and shooting her a message with her eyes that danced with mischief. "Well, do you think THAT sufficiently scared the boy into going home to his mother?" Later, Zena barely could recall the next few minutes after she realized her friend was alive. The release was nearly as exhausting as the suffering. She did remember that she had said over and over, "Don't do that again", and that she decided she would give Evergreen a few hours of the "silent treatment" after the battle just to emphasize that she was NOT HAPPY!

The sound of the battle drifted towards them: swords clanging, arrows falling like deadly rain, shouts and shrieks. Simultaneously they turned their heads and Zena tore off the Roman tunic that she still wore over her Amazon garb. "Do you think you can put your energy into something helpful?," she snarled. "Lucky you said something before I lit your funeral pyre. Let's [sign in to see URL] your little dog too." They mounted the horses and wheeled to the right headed for the conflict.

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Joxcenia - 01:10am May 5, 2002 ET (#58 of 330)
I Came... I Saw... I Went Home! lol

Once Bitten.... Twice Shy.....

Once back at camp, Joxcenia told her remaining sisters what Puella had let slip. "I say it's all lies," she growled. "but we still need to be prepared on the off chance that she knows of what she speaks." All heads nodded in agreement. "Someone needs to go and inform the Queen of this latest news, as well as my plans on how to deal with this 'chickenstick'." She glanced over that the slavegirl and pretended not to notice her pulling off the few remaining leeches. "Hummmmm, I can't be the one to go. I have to stay and make Puella's life miserable to keep my plan on track. "Xwpfan, why don't you..." Xwpfan was off and running before Joxcenia could even get the words out of her mouth. "You're welcome!" Jox called after her. "And don't think I'm not aware of you ogling me as I bathed earlier this evening!" If the gods be with me, Xwpfan won't have been close enough to notice just how COLD the water actually was....... Hummmm.... now what do I do with "chickenstick" until the others get back to regroup and see how awful I've been to her? Jox snickered to herself as her sisters went their different ways. Hopefully the others will be back soon. How hard could it be to retrieve a sword anyway?

"You two," Jox called to a couple of her sisters who were guarding the prisoner. "Take her and stake her out over there." She pointed to a dark, grassy mound that was far from the fire.

"But.... isn't that an ant mound?" cried Lurker Sue. "They'll be biting her all night."

Joxcenia shot Lurker Sue a look that could kill... if she were a god, that is. Which fortunately for Lurker Sue she wasn't. "If you don't wish to join her, I suggest you go be helpful somewhere else." No sooner were the words out of Jox's mouth than Lurker Sue ran and hid behind some trees.

What now? There's nothing to do but wait until the morning light. Hopefully the raid on the Roman camp was successful, and the others will soon be returning to camp. If not, a second war party will have to go out and give the first group some relief. Joxcenia pondered these thoughts as she made her way to a nice soft pallet beside the fire.



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phalon - 01:59am May 5, 2002 ET (#59 of 330)

The trail was easy enough to follow, but Phalon had no idea how far ahead the Amazons were. They had almost two days head start and she did not know if they were still following the Romans, if they had discovered the Roman camp or if the battle had begun already.

She wished she had her own horse, Aronia. She knew though, that she had made the right decision in leaving her behind. Without knowing how far she must travel, she needed a fresh horse and Aronia had been worked hard the last couple of days. She was extremely grateful that Cyrene had let her take Agapanthus, although he was a bit more skiddish than she would have liked. Maybe he was picking up on her nervous excitement.

Cyrene. What a generous woman. Giving her the horse. Taking in that wounded man, without giving it a second thought. The sole survivor of a village destroyed by the Romans. Or was he? A horrible thought entered Phalon's mind. She and Cyrene had just asumed that he was one of the villagers, a victim of the carnage the Romans left behind. But what if he were a Roman! They were disguised as thieves and the man was dressed in nondescript clothing - clothing either a villager or thief might wear.

Phalon would never forgive herself if she had put Cyrene in danger by bringing a Roman into the tavern, leaving Cyrene alone to care for him. Should she turn back or continue on to help in the ensueing battle? She had already traveled a little more than a day. How much further until she reached the Amazons?

Phalon bit her lip. She slowed the horse to a walk. Continue or turn back? What to do, what to do?

The faint sounds of a high pitched battle cry and swords clashing abruptly answered Phalon's question.

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Lucystar1 - 03:07am May 5, 2002 ET (#60 of 330)

DIVERSIONS, DIVERSIONS

As Lucystar left the group, she starts planing her part of the diversions. "Oh I'm gonna like this part. What tricks can my evil mind come up with?" As an idea pops in her head, she lets out an evil laugh "Muahahaha" Stopping, she shakes her head. "Been hanging around Saxy too much. I've even picked up her 'evil' laugh" As Lucystar ponders that last thought, "Nah, you never can spend too much time with her. The Queen just has a way about her that makes everyone around her feel good." Lucystar smiles as she remembers the food fight with the lima beans just a couple days ago that now seems like a lifetime ago. Lost in thought, Lucystar almost walks right into one of the Roman guards. Luckily, she caught herself in time, or more to the point, caught him in time. A quick knee to the appropriate place caused him to double over and a double-handed blow to the back of the neck sent him to wherever Roman soldiers went when they lose a fight. The guard never had a chance to sound an alarm. "Ok, Lucy, quit daydreaming and get busy making these Romans wish they'd never set foot on this land." With that she snuck into the camp. "First order of business is to take out their food supply." Silently Lucystar hit the supply tent. Using her dagger, she methodically sliced the bottoms out of the grain sacks spilling the contents on the ground. "Now let's make them some mush". She then gouged holes in the bottom of the water barrels. Smirking to herself "Let's add a little flavor to that. Didn't Cyrene always add a touch of wine when she cooked." Now wine mixed with the water and grain. As she surveyed the fruits of her labor, she smiled "Who said I can't cook?" "Fruits? That reminds me..." Lucystar reaches up and pulls the bag off her shoulder, reaching in she pulls out a medium sized clay pot. "This should gross them out and they'll think twice about taking a bite of that fruit or veggie." Almost giggling to herself, she goes to the sacks hanging from the center tent posts. Opening the tops she dumps something into each bag. "Glad I stopped to look under a few rocks on my way here. Those grubs, beetles and worms ought to enjoy their feast tonight." Looking around, rather pleased with herself, Lucystar creeps out of the tent looking around for her next victim.

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girlpower - 03:26am May 5, 2002 ET (#61 of 330)
Courage is not the absence of [sign in to see URL] the strength to conquer it.

I must get to the Queen...

Girlpower tensed up as two Amazons escorted her to a mound of grass and dirt in the distance. At least I was able to get the leeches off and a bite to eat before being bound. As they staked me in place I noticed a mound. Great, ants! At least I am far enough away from the fire that I’ll grow cold and the stinging bites won’t be as bad. Joxcenia certainly has a thing for bugs.

Good thing everyone forgot about the dagger I keep under my skirt. I could have used it back at the creek, but xwpfan was there and I could not have gotten to her before the others were alerted. Thank the gods that Joxcenia didn’t make me undress for my bath. Now I must wait till all are asleep or distracted. I must get to Queen Saxy.

Throughout the night my guards have been watchful. Sue came and sat by the fire, so Joxcenia must be asleep. Sue is a timid one, she never would have come out of hiding until she felt she was safe. I had been working my binds all evening, but they were still too tight for me to escape. I’m going to need help. I started jostling about uncomfortably until Sue caught my eye. She walked towards me and whispered, “Sorry about the leeches.” The guards noticed her nearing and waved for her to stop. She did so, until I pleaded, “Could someone please, scratch my ankles? They itch horribly!” Both glanced at me with pity. “We know better then to cross Joxcenia.” Sue again started walking, and said, “Come on you guys, you know this is a bit overboard, what threat is she bound? I’ll be right here, and if I need help I’ll yell.” They nodded and let her approach. Like little fingers from heaven she rubbed the bites on my legs. I didn’t want to show how much the ants were bothering me, but it was evident by my reaction to Sue’s touch. The guards agreed with Sue and moved about, stretching their legs and warming themselves. I thanked Sue for her compassion, and asked one more favor. “My right wrist, can you look and see if there is a leech in between the ropes and my skin?” The guilt she felt about giving Joxcenia the location of the creek appeared all over her face. She reached over and touched the ropes. “I can’t see anything.” “Just feel around for it.” GP pleaded. Slowly, Sue unwrapped the rope feeling for the leech. As soon as the rope loosened, GP rolled hard to her left, catching Sue off guard. Hand now freed GP reached for her dagger and cut the remaining ties. “Sorry Sue, you must learn who to trust.” With that said, GP knocked Sue unconscious. In a flash GP was gone, not looking back towards the camp. I must catch up with xwpfan before she gets word to the Queen.



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Lucystar1 - 03:35am May 5, 2002 ET (#62 of 330)

LUCYSTAR'S PRANKS CONTINUE

Snaking around the camp, Lucystar pulls a tent stake up here, cuts a rope there and runs a few tripwires across the front of a couple of tents. At last finding herself behind the Roman officers tent, she pulls one last 'trick' out of her now almost empty bag. To herself "Wouldn't want the officers to feel left out." Lucystar lifts the the back of the tent up and crawls quietly on her belly up to the first bedroll. She opens the small clay pot she had dangling from her teeth by the leather strip tied around the pot. In her head she smirks, "Glad I noticed that ant hill before I left camp. I love that phrase 'got ants in your pants?'" She stretches her arm out as far away from her body as she can and getting the pot as close to the bedrolls as she can, she tips the pot over and pours out it's contends. Suddenly liberated, hundreds of ants begin making their paths to the bedrolls of the sleeping officers. Lucystar quickly backs out of the tent and takes off back to camp. Halfway there, she hears mens' voices yelling at each other "I didn't pick the tent site." "Get them off" "Do it yourself". She turns and in the moonlight sees several men running around flapping their arms, beating themselves. The last voice she hears before turning away yells "To the river! Go to the river!"

With all the yelling and screaming coming from the Roman campsite, no one heard the evil laugh float up to the stars "Muahahaha!"

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saxgoddess25 - 05:02am May 5, 2002 ET (#63 of 330)
I have the soul of a bard and the heart of a warrior. My vengeance is swift and complete.

Saxy crept along the picket lines, senses alert for any movement or sound from the tents. She loved this particular job the most. Freeing the horses to roam as they would while the enemy chased after them was the most fun, and one of the most dangerous, tactics that she knew to confuse and anger one's opponent.

The razor sharp blade of her dagger made quick work of the thick hemp cords and the horses were free. Tucking the bejewelled dagger back between her breasts, she picked up a switch and swatted the nearest horse on the rump. With a squeal it jumped into motion, startling the rest of the horses in the line. Once the lead horse was free, the rest followed in a herd, hooves thundering as they sped across the valley. Saxy slunk back into the shadows and watched a group of shouting men roll out of the tents and run after their fleeing mounts.

Saxy had spotted Lucystar heading toward the mess tent, and had not supressed the quirky grin that floated across her lips. "Atta girl," the queen whispered. Since her job was done, Saxy crept back toward the amazon's camp and paused in the undergrowth. She unslung the bow from her back and nocked an arrow. Then she settled down to make sure all her sisters made it back from their foray.

Suddenly she spotted a figgure moving swiftly toward her. Saxy melded back into the shadows, letting the figgure run past her position and then catching it from behind before it could take more than a few steps. Dragging the person down into the bushes, Saxy peered into the shocked eyes of Xwpfan. Once the other woman had recognized the queen and would not shout out, Saxy took her hand away from Xwpfan's mouth.

"What is going on?"

"That Roman slave. Joxcenia was making her take an ice bath with the leeches and she let something slip. She said that there were 10 legions headed this way."

"Gods," Saxy scrubbed a hand across her forehead. "There can't be that many. We haven't even figgured out why these Romans are here yet." Saxy thought for a long moment. Her eye caught a group of Roman officers spilling from the command tent, flailing their arms about and shouting. The Queen of the Amazons smirked as she heard a faint "Muahahaha!" off to the left of where they stood. Oh Gods, she's even started to laugh like me. This is bad. Very bad.

Finally she turned back to Xwpfan. "Okay, this is what we're going to do..."

Before Saxy could continue a figgure appeared out of the darkness, pelting through the bracken and underbrush. Saxy and Xwpfan went very still. As it passed their hiding place Saxy's eyes narrowed. It was Puella Virium and she was headed straight for the Roman camp.

Saxy rose up and in one smooth movement, let the arrow fly. She saw the slave pitch forward onto her face, an arrow protruding from her right shoulder. Aim's a little off old [sign in to see URL] that'll do. Cautiously the queen crept forward with Xwpfan close behind.

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EvergreenLM - 10:10am May 5, 2002 ET (#64 of 330)
"To Conquer Others is to Know [sign in to see URL] Conquer Yourself is to Know the Way"

They Went That Away

Evergreen and Zena rode hard to the direction of the sounds of clashing swords, and Amazon war cries. They came upon a small and outnumbered group of Amazons engaged in a desperate fight with the Romans.

Evergreen lifted Little Dog down to the ground.

"Go on now, you don't want to be a part of this."

Evergreen and Zena whirled the horses around and with swords drawn, charged forward into the battling group.

"Aiiiii-Yah!"

Evergreen showed no mercy swinging her sword from man to man,Roman after Roman falling to the ground,spilling their blood. She jumped from her horse and with Zena at her back,continued to slash side to side,blade finding its mark time after time. The battle began to turn,and the Romans who were not dead, or lying mortally wounded, ran for the forest. Evergreen charged as to chase after them.

"No",Zena shouted. "Let them go,they're finished."

Evergreen stopped and looked at her bloody sword. Blood of men who believed they too were fighting for a cause, The "Greater Glory of Rome".

Panting heavily,with shoulders taut and white knuckles gripping the sword,she walked back to where Zena and the others were now standing.

Evergreen recognized the women as Amazons by their clothing and beads. And yet, they were strangers.

"Who ARE you?" "What are you doing out here?"

Little Dog had returned and was staring intently at one of the women still near the trees trying to make herself unobtrusive. Little Dog's ears went to the alert and growled.

"You there, come forward!" "What is your name?"

"I, I, well..."

"Tell me your name or you will be telling your name to Hades".

And with Evergreen's sword pointed to her throat, "I am GP"...



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xwpfan - 12:00pm May 5, 2002 ET (#65 & 66 of 330)

prisoner dealings

I was silently running as fast as I could through the Roman encampment in search of Queen [sign in to see URL] I passed through some undergrowth just before the Roman camp I was grabbed from behind and thrown to the ground. Dazed and embarrassed at being caught off guard, I looked into my attcker's eyes it was Queen Saxy.

Upon realizing it was the Queen,I told her what the Roman slave had let slip during her leech bath! 10 legions! It just sounded so improbable; and so very lethal. I had no sooner given the Queen the news than in the shadows walked the very Roman scum I had reported on... Puella Virium. Before I could even draw back my bow,Queen Saxy had already let an arrow fly- right into the slave's right shoulder. I could tell by the Queen's expression that the arrow had not quite hit where she had wanted..

Queen Saxy crept ahead of me, inching herself towards the wounded slave. It was normal for Queen Saxy to handle things like these herself but I couldn't help thinking that she should let me take the lead...

As Queen Saxy approached the Roman slave I caught just a glint of steel coming from the slave's body. By the gods she had a weapon!!! Queen Saxy must not have seen the glint of the weapon.I leapt on top of the slave and wrestled the dagger from [sign in to see URL] spat in my face as I pinned her to the ground she hissed "You may have beaten me, but you haven't won anything!"

Anger surged inside of me, this time I was going to finish the job I was not going to let this Roman dog hurt anyone else! I raised my sword to slay her when I heard Queen Saxy cry

"NO! Don't kill her Xwpfan.. I want her alive!

I heeded my Queen's words. I did not kill her, but did exact a bit of revenge of my own. I thrust my sword intothe slave's right side giving her a nice bloody gash. I whispered as I withdrew my blade "Twice you've been spared my wrath,Count yourslf lucky, there won't be a third. I promise you, you'll be praying for your own death because what Joxencia did to you will be nothing compared to what will be done to you if i have to deal withyou again!!

My attention then turned back to my Queen, I knelt beside her and and awaited her displeasure for my wounding the prisoner.

To my surprise she said "Get up, You may have saved my life tonight, your actions are forgiven but we will speak of this later.

Once again, I had the Roman slave girl as a prisoner. I took a deep breath, there had to be a way to get out of prisoner detail.. I wanted to be apart of the plan Queen Saxy had told me moments before the slavegirl appeared.

Desparately I searched for something, then I spotted the reigns of a horse. I quickly took them off the horse and cut them into leather straps. I tied one around the slavegirl's hands and then bound her feet. I then took one leather strap wrapped it around her torso and tied the other end to my right wrist.I pushed the wounded slavegirl to the ground and I mounted a Romans steed .I was going to drag the slave til she was unconcious ,but could I do it without being spotted by the Romans?

Just then Lucystar appeared "I saw what happened what can I do to help?"

I siezed my opportunity; " Take care of this garabage, but don't kill her Queen Saxy wants her alive! I gave Lucystar the leather strap from around my wirst and said "Watch [sign in to see URL]'t Ever turn your back to her! Oh and you might want to stop her from bleeding before she brings the Romans right to you."

Queen Saxy motioned for Lucystar. Queen Saxy made sure she was out of ear shot as she said in a whisper "This attempted attack on me means nothing. I still want you to to drag her for a bit then let her make her escape but follow her closely.. it may be the only way we can find out what she's up to."

Queen saxy then turned her full attention back to me and said "Xwpfan it is clear that you have good intentions and your heart is in the right place, but you Must think about the greater good before you act. If you had killed that Roman slave we would have never known what she was up to ..now we atleast have a chance." Feeling ashamed ,I said "Yes, my Queen." Then Queen Saxy smirked and said "Don't be ashamed, you saved my life and I still want you to proceeed with the plan I told you about earlier. With the words barely out of her mouth I was once again racing on foot through the woods to join up with my [sign in to see URL] had a plan to institute~

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Lucystar1 - 01:16pm May 5, 2002 ET (#67 of 330)

PRISONER DETAIL

Muttering "Great, just what I wanted, prisoner detail. Well, at least I get a chance for a little revenge of my own on this slave for attempting to kill our queen and one of my best friends."

Lucystar looks at the bleeding gash and groans "gods, I gotta tend her wound, too. Xwpfan", shooting her a deadly glare, "I'm gonna get you for this one." Lucystar is not happy that xwpfan dumped this slave off on her. She should be the one to go with Queen Saxy, hasn't she been Saxy's right hand and confidant in all of this. As Saxy senses Lucystar's rising anger she comes over to her. Lucystar stifles her anger as Saxy confides in her that the 'prisoner detail' will be short.

After roughly binding the wound on the slave's side and with leather strap in hand, Lucystar leaps aboard the horse that xwpfan had brought over. Wrapping the strap around the saddlehorn, she looks back at the slave and growls "Hang on, it's going to be a BUMPY ride." With that, and a kick to the horse's ribs, she takes off jerking the slave of her feet.

About halfway back toward camp, Lucystar pulls the horse to a stop. Looking back at the slave for the first time, it appears the woman is unconscious. Dismounting, Lucystar walks up to the still body. Using her senses as Xena taught her, she watches for signs indicating the woman is faking. Then it happens, a slight twitch of the lips. Silently, "Oh, you think you can trick me. No way! I learned from the best." Now comes the hardest part. "gods, this is tough on my ego. I've got to LET this slave think I'm stupid and give her the opportunity to escape. [sign in to see URL]'re going to pay dearly for this one." Lucystar kneels down next to the body and leaning over, puts a finger to her pulse point. Immediately, the lips curl back and the slave grabs the hand and flips Lucystar on her back. Pouncing on her, she raises the bound hands and lands a blow to the prone figure's head. Of course, Lucystar was ready and went with the blow. Faking her own unconscious state now, she hears the slave scramble up on the horse and head back in the direction from which they came. The Roman Camp.

As the hoofbeats fade, Lucystar sits up rubbing her temple. "gods, that is going to give me a headache. Now Saxy owes me double." Looking off in the direction of the now faint hoofbeats, Lucystar gets up and heads towards where she last saw Saxy. "No need to hurry up and follow the slave. It's clear where she's headed." With a hand to her head, Lucystar grumbles "Boy, does she OWE me, Big Time."



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gabbyfan4ever - 02:53pm May 5, 2002 ET (#68 of 330)

Little Gabbyfan was almost jumping with anticipation to get started with the diversion. However, once the battle ensued, gabbyfan was thrust into something she could not have imagined. Swords were flying everywhere, and the Romans greatly outnumbered her, and her new Amazon sisters. Using her fighting staff more as defense than a killing tool, gabbyfan fought to stay alive, and fought for her sisters. No matter the outcome. The little Amazon had already recieved a substantial sword wound to her left side. Just when the battle looked hopeless, Evergreen and Zena joined the fight!

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zena - 03:25pm May 5, 2002 ET (#69 of 330)
"Agere Sequitur Esse"

Battle On...

(Slashing, stepping around, over men, dead and dying. Strike, pull the sword out from the body. Look into the eyes of the enemy and see yourself. And everywhere is mud and blood.)

The two friends worked their way through the battle and Zena suddenly spotted Little Gabbyfan staggering from a blow to her side. Before the soldier could finish his work, she sent him to the next world and caught Little Gabbyfan with her free arm. The battle had broken up and Zena shouted to Evergreen to return as she lowered Gabbyfan to the ground beneath a tree. "Let me look", she instructed as she sheathed her sword. Behind her she heard Evergreen addressing someone who was still alive and heard that familiar voice answer. "GP."

"AGAIN?" Zena was losing patience with this bad dinar who kept showing up everywhere. "You know this woman? And who is this young Amazon?"Evergreen asked. "If I was speaking to you (and I'm not yet until you have served your penance) I would tell you the story but you'll just have to wait until later. Trust me, tie her down and we'll take her back." Zena turned back to Little Gabbyfan whose eyes were large in a pale face. "As soon as I get this bleeding under control we'll join our sisters. Shh, it will be alright, hold this dagger hilt against your side as hard as you can. Do you understand what I mean about avoiding war?"&quot;Don't lecture me now Zena, please!"whispered Gabbyfan as she lost conciousness.

The silence of the stilled battle was suddenly broken by shouts. "By Ares they are coming back! And we are cut off from everyone else. This has been a really bad day," Zena said. "You can say that again," Evergreen murmured. "I'm still not speaking to you,"Zena grunted as she took up her defensive posture back to back with Evergreen.

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girlpower - 05:59pm May 5, 2002 ET (#70 of 330)
Courage is not the absence of [sign in to see URL] the strength to conquer it.

Right back where I started...

I can’t believe I’m right back where I started, with Zena at the Roman camp. This time I am the captive. I look down at my ragged body, my right shoulder bandaged, but the damage has been done. I won’t be able to use that arm for battle, for quite a while. Standing there, tethered to Evergreen, Zena lays Gabbyfan on the ground. Zena shouts, ”By Ares they are coming back! And we are cut off from everyone else. This has been a really bad day.” Girlpower nods in agreement with the statement. I had run all night to catch up with xwpfan, and she found her too late. Now the Queen knows about the reinforcements on the way. I see why Caesar felt all the troops were necessary to take control over this land. These Amazons fight with heart. Even little Gabbyfan has battled to protect her family. I looked at Zena, “Let me take Gabbyfan to the others. You won’t be able to fight the soldiers and protect her. I will make sure she gets to safety.” Zena did not trust GP, but what she said is true. I can’t see to her and battle. “What I will do to you will be worse then death, if Gabbyfan isn’t protected.” Zena said. With that said Zena nodded to Evergreen, and she released me. I bent down to Gabbyfan and checked her wound. It was still bleeding, but not as heavily as before. I took off the leg band that once held my dagger, and wrapped the little warriors wound, tight. Since my right shoulder is damaged I lifted her over my left shoulder. Good thing she is a little one. GP stood and began walking, right towards the incoming troops. One of the soldiers running forward recognized her, “Puella Virium, what are you doing here?” “What you weren’t able to do, there are two others straight ahead, be sure to capture them!” GP growled. Evergreen and Zena watched in horror as Puella took their littlest sister away and 20 soldiers surrounded them.

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Joxcenia - 06:46pm May 5, 2002 ET (#71 of 330)
I Came... I Saw... I Went Home! lol

Meanwhile... Elsewhere....

The leader of one group of bandits had his men herd their captures toward Rome, where they would be either sold into slavery, as gladiators, or as food for the lions to entertain the crowds at the coliseums. It would be two moons before he would be back with the main infantry. By the gods... why did he leave his slavegirl, 'Penthesilea' behind with them? He could sure use her to work out the kinks in his sore and tired muscles. What strong hands she has. She could probably break his neck with them if she wanted, but he knew she wouldn't.

He had stolen her from a tribe of Amazons when she was just a child. Had even seared his family crest over a birthmark to prevent anyone from discovering her identity. He had taken her from this part of the country in fact. She was home.... and she didn't even realize it. He laughed to himself. She would never leave him... this he knew because he had given her several chances to run away and she never did. He had worked like a dog to gain her trust, and a woman's heart always ruled over her head. She would never realize that all she was to him was a boot-licker.

"The plan is going to work this time." One footsoldier said to another. "The other villagers will be begging for Rome to send in their armies to protect them from the bandits. And then we'll have the whole country under control before they even know what hit them!"

"Shut up!" yelled the leader. "If you ever discuss strategy in front of the captives again, I'll have you staked to a cross. Is that clear?"

 

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EvergreenLM - 07:25pm May 5, 2002 ET (#72 of 330)
"To Conquer Others is to Know [sign in to see URL] Conquer Yourself is to Know the Way"

Bad Day at Black Rock

With the soldiers advancing, Evergreen instinctively positioned herself at Zena's back with sword at the ready.

"Zena, its time you talked to me. It may be the last thing you will ever say and I will ever hear."

LittleGabbyFan was barely conscious when the woman who appeared to have the power to give orders to Roman soldiers took her away. Evergreen felt sick at the sight of her being removed from their protection.

"Zena, I KNOW I promised not to die on you again,but this does NOT look so good." Did you KNOW that woman?"

"She is NOT who she said she was",Zena whispered.

"She is a slave that was captured by the others when you were back at Cyrene's. She calls herself "Puella Virium",but we had decided from the beginning she was anything BUT a slave."

The soldiers had stopped their advance. The tall one with green eyes and battled marked face, appeared to be in command. A voice called him by name. He walked over to a figure half hidden in a stand of trees.

By their body language, Evergreen felt that the Roman commander was not pleased with the lone figure was saying. The Roman soldier stands to,turns, and walks back to where Evergreen and Zena stood ready to fight.

"Let them go!". "You two, over there!",pointing to the figure in the woods.

"Who IS that?",Zena whispers. "His staff has the insignia of the Roman Senate."

Cautiously, the two move towards the stand of trees. The figure steps from behind the shadows revealing it was as Zena had thought.

A man appears dressed not for battle but of wealth and upmost importance. Someone who was used to giving orders that could change the destiny of a country. A man with silver hair,chiseled features,and an air of power stands before them. He stares at Evergreen with eyes as blue as the ice behind them.

He slowly and deliberately speaks.

"Evergreen".

Evergreen lowers her sword,and with an unmistakable tone of defiance utters,

"Hello father."

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zena - 09:57pm May 5, 2002 ET (#73 of 330)
"Agere Sequitur Esse"

A Day In The Life

Evergreen lowers her sword, and with an unmistakable tone of defiance utters, "Hello father." Zena, not fully comprehending what she has heard, takes a step forward but Evergreen grabs her tunic and pulls her back. "What?" "It's my father."

Sweat and blood trickled down Zena's forehead as she turned to face her friend. Slowly she brought her sword arm down and whispered, "All right, I'll talk to you. What in the name of Hades is going on here? First you show up with a pet dog and now you've collected a father! I thought you were an orphan from Thrace like me."

The soldiers moved in taking the opportunity to grab Zena while her sword was down. Evergreen shoved them back and the stately Roman raised his hand, "Leave us. This woman is my daughter, I have nothing to fear."

Exhausted, Zena sank to the ground to try and make sense of the scene unfolding before her, and to keep one eye on the retreating back of Puella with little Gabbyfan.

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girlpower - 10:00pm May 5, 2002 ET (#74 of 330)
Courage is not the absence of [sign in to see URL] the strength to conquer it.

tending to the wounded...

Puella Virium carried Gabbyfan still unconscious, into the woods, towards a small gathering of soldiers. She is so young, she never should have been out there in the battle. On the way she noticed a member of the Roman Senate at the tree line. He paid little attention to her, which was good. This is no time to be distracted by a bunch of questions, or worse having to tend to someone else’s needs. I need to get Gabbyfan tended to. I told Zena I could take care of the girl. I motioned to a soldier, showing him my family crest on my right shoulder blade. There was so much damage from the wound he couldn’t recognize it at first, then his eyes opened wide. “Give me your healing pouch, if you don’t have one find one, and water!” Within a few moments he returned leather pouch in hand, and a skin of water. I took the items and told him to go. He walked away, but I could see him watching. Slowly I removed the dressing that covered her wound. It will need to be sewn. I carefully cleaned the wound and then began the process of sewing her flesh back together. Good thing she is still out, or this would hurt. Once I had done all I could I laid her down at the foot of a tree. She should wake soon. I motioned for the soldier who was still watching my every action. He was as young as this girl here. No experience at all, he will harm our actions in battle, more then help. I told him to watch her as I went to see what was happening at the camp. “If she wakes, come get me.” He timidly spoke, ”Puella Virium, you also have a wound that needs tending.” He was right, though I hated to admit it. I was able to break off the end of arrow that Queen Saxy shot, but the shaft was still imbedded in. Luckily when xwpfan stabbed me it pushed the arrow almost completely through, but now there is nothing to grab hold of for leverage. It will have to be dug out. “Can you heal?” I asked the boy. If not, now is time to learn. “Come here and dig this arrow shaft out, it may be splintered so be careful.” I thought he would pass out, but walked up to me and followed my every order. Only pausing when I let out a yelp. “You will have a nasty scar” he said when everything was done. “That’s alright, I like scars.” I said as I tried to smile at him. I checked out the rest of my body. I had other scrapes and tears, but came out no worse for the wear. I looked over and saw little Gabbyfan grimacing, good she is coming around. Amazing there by her was a little dog, wonder where he came from?

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gabbyfan4ever - 11:19pm May 5, 2002 ET (#75 & 76 of 330)

Behind enemy lines

Little Gabbyfan awoke with a pain in her side, and fear in her heart. She remembered losing consciousness while looking into zena's comforting eyes, and hearing her voice (although it was a lecture coming out of her mouth). Gabbyfan awoke momentarily to watch in horror as zena and evergreen were being surrounded by romans, and to feel herself being carried away from them, before losing conciousness again. Now she was fully awake, and aware of her surroundings. She was in a Roman camp, and the slave from the Amazon camp had brought her here. Zena and Evergreen must have been in dire straits to allow gabbyfan to be captured. Wincing, from the pain in her side, Gabbyfan inspected her wound. She was glad she was still out when her wound had been sowed up. She didn't want to let these Roman dogs see her cry. A moment later a young roman guard who stood over her called to the slave who brought her here. Girlpower was her name as gabbyfan remembered, and she obviously was in control here. Gabbyfan tensed up as GP approached her, she had no idea what they would decide to do to her. Fighting back tears of fear and worry about her Amazons sisters, gabbyfan looked at GP defiantly.
Girlpower, knelt down to Gabbyfan and touched her wounded side. The little amazon could not hold back the yelp of pain that the touch had caused. The roman slave told Gabbyfan that she would be alright, and that they did not plan on killing her, as she was more useful alive. Gabbyfan mentally kicked herself for being a hinderance and weapon against her Amazon sisters.

GP got up and instructed the guard to get some rope. Girlpower, then gently yet efficiently bound the young amazon's hands and feet, and left her to the roman guards watch. As soon as the guard turned his back, gabbyfan let out the tears she had be holding in. The tears of pain, of worry, and of shame. Now gabbyfan was left to think of what would happen to her next, and what would happen to her Amazon sisters.



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Joxcenia - 12:54am May 6, 2002 ET (#77 of 330)
I Came... I Saw... I Went Home! lol

Meanwhile.... Back At Amazon Camp...

Joxcenia lay quietly as Lurker Sue neared the fire for warmth. She knew that Puella would take this as a sign that she was fast asleep. She'll fall for it, she thinks she's smarter than the whole Amazon tribes combined. It will be her downfall. Jox haphazardly scratched the birthmark on her right shoulder blade as she peered through her eyelashes at the slavegirl. If she escapes, she'll show her true colors to the tribe. No more "little miss innocent" anymore. What excuse can she use if she's caught back in enemy camp? "Ummm. I got lost!" I think not.

Lurker Sue hadn't been by the fire for too long when she walked over toward Puella. The guards protested at first, but let her get near to the prisoner in the end, just as instructed. Good.... plan B is working quite satisfactorily. Lurker Sue timidly did as Puella instructed out of tremendous guilt for her part in the leech bath, and it didn't take the slavegirl long to get loose and punch her lights out. Ohhh! That had to hurt. Jox rolled over to hide her evil smirk. Well... Lurker Sue should be more careful who she trusts next time.

Jox waited a few minutes before jumping up and barking orders. "Okay... everyone pack up, we're leaving and setting up camp at the next planned site. The others will know where to find us." She looked to the Amazon closest to Lurker Sue. "You.... throw that peasant over a horse and bring her along. Be sure to tie something around her eyes so she won't be able to see anything should she wake up before we reach our destination." I'm still not sure if we can trust her yet... but she's been quite useful, so it would be a shame to lose her potential to help out in the future. "After we set up the new camp, be sure to get a good night's rest. The queen will be expecting reinforcements in the morning."

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girlpower - 02:53am May 6, 2002 ET (#78 of 330)
Courage is not the absence of [sign in to see URL] the strength to conquer it.

Puella Virium sat at the makeshift camp in the woods. Gabbyfan is bound and her wounds are healing. Lying beside her was that little dog that appeared shortly after I arrived here. Seems out of place for a dog such as that to be out here without an owner. The young soldier who tended my wounds is on guard. I think he’d keep an eye on the little warrior whether I ordered him to or not. My entire body is in need of rest, but I must stay awake until I hear of Evergreen and Zena. The soldiers should have captured them by now. I wonder if that Roman Senator has anything to do with the hold up? Not able to fight it any longer, sleep took me over. The next thing I see a girl standing in the middle of a burning village. I can hear loud noises and screams but no voices. The smells of smoke and blood overpowering my senses. The sound of hoof beats, the sensation of flying through the fields. I was startled awake by the little dog’s whine. Shaking my head I wondered, why is it always the same scene that haunts me? Gabbyfan was awake again and talking with the boy. I walk forward to see Gabbyfan’s condition. She flinched away from me as I checked her wound. “Looks like you will be well in no time.” I said. She looked at me hatefully. Yes she’ll be fine, I thought. As I walked away the two resumed their conversation, he seemed to have put her at ease, good, I can go see about the Amazons. When I approached the edge of the trees, I saw something I wasn’t prepared for. Evergreen was standing there with the Roman Senator, they were having what looked to be a heated conversation. Best not to disturb, I eased my way back into the woods and motioned to a soldier. What is going on? “One of those warriors is the Senator’s daughter. He called us off the two.” The soldier informed me. Oh Great! This complicates things...

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zena - 11:37am May 6, 2002 ET (#79 of 330)
"Agere Sequitur Esse"

A New View

The tent was guarded on all sides and escape would not yet be possible. Zena had to admit that her treatment had been respectful as she was parted from Evergreen. Evergreen. Who is Evergreen? Not the woman who had been her friend for years.

The tent flap lifted and Puella entered with two soldiers bearing little Gabbyfan. They placed her gently on a bed of straw and Zena knelt quickly beside her. She was awake but weak and her wounds held no heat. The stiches were well placed. Motioning Gabbyfan to silence Zena rose slowly to face Puella, extending her hand as she did. "You have kept your word. My sister is on the way to a full healing. Thank you." Puella hesitantly took Zena's hand and in doing so winced slightly. For the first time Zena took in the fullness of Puella's appearance. "What happened to you since last I saw you?! Your wrists are raw, there are bites all over you and you've been shot by an arrow and slashed by a knife. Those Romans are hideous." Deftly Zena checked Puella's wounds and applied healing herbs from the pouch Puella had brought in. Her face showed her compassion for she was both a healer for the tribe and a Keeper: the one who carries the sacred way of the Amazon code and teaches it to the young.

Puella had never known a gentle touch and she had to control the unexpected tears it brought. "I received these injuries at the hands of your sisters. They are not as they seem." Zena looked into Puella's eyes and saw truth there and she was for the first time ashamed.

The Healer and Keeper had much to ponder.

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Joxcenia - 06:03pm May 6, 2002 ET (#80 of 330)
I Came... I Saw... I Went Home! lol

Meanwhile.... Back At Amazon Camp II...

Ok... the reinforcements have been sent. Joxcenia muddled through the details in her mind. The tracks leading to the cave opening have been raked and drug over with broken branches... and bushes have been placed so that the opening can't be seen. A hospice is being set up as we speak... so we'll definitely be ready for when the wounded arrive.

"Lurker Sue," Jox called. "You can boil that water now."

Lurker Sue tilted her head to one side and gave Joxcenia a "Huh?" expression.

"Start sterilizing rags." Jox rolled her eyes upwards and mumbled under her breath. "Why didn't I just leave her back at the first camp?" Oh yeah... because until we know just where she really stands, it's best to keep her in plain sight... that's why.

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gabbyfan4ever - 07:30pm May 6, 2002 ET (#81 of 330)

After crying all the tears she had in her, little Gabbyfan fell asleep under the watchful eye of the young Roman guard. She curled up next to the little orphaned dog who had mysteriously stayed by her side, and used his body-heat for warmth.

Upon waking, little gabbyfan timidly asked the Roman Guard why he was in the army at such a young age. He responded that he would fight for the greater glory of Rome at any age, and Gabbyfan said she would do the same for her Amazon sisters. The thought of the unknown condition of her sisters and friends like Zena and Evergreen, caused the tears to come back. However, the guard did not laugh at her, but rather, in a comforting voice, assured the little amazon that Girlpower said she would not be killed. Despite misinterpreting the cause of her tears, she felt comforted by his words. He made her feel more secure in this cold and unfamiliar place.

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gabbyfan4ever - 07:36pm May 6, 2002 ET (#82 of 330)

As in on cue at the sound of her name, GP came over to Gabbyfan to check her wound. It was still painful to the touch, but felt better than it had. After giving the roman slave the most defiant and courageous look she could come up with under the circumstances, she continued her conversation with the guard.

Later that evening Gabbyfan was picked up and carried by the guard and another soldier to a tent. To her relief and surprise, Zena was inside and came over to check her wound. Gabbyfan wanted to throw her arms around Zena, and never leave her safe and comforting arms, but she was motioned to be silent instead. The great Amazon warrior then turned and, to Gabbyfan's confusion, extended her hand to Girlpower. All Gabbyfan knew then was that she was with Zena, and that they were safe... for now. But what of her other Amazon sisters, and what was said about the Amazons leaving Girlpower in her present condition. A million new thoughts raced through Gabbyfan's mind before she fell into an unwilling sleep. But she made sure Zena was the last thing she saw before her battle with against sleep was lost.



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