Chess With Agatha (Chapter XXX) – Checkmate

Chess With Agatha

And The Dark Fortress Of Doom

A Novel by DarkJade

Chapter XXX – Checkmate

THE KINGDOM OF NORAWYN

IN THE NORTH LANDS

KING ETERR’S CASTLE

THE ROYAL THRONE ROOM

The Blue Wizard Hemmingbyrd, now his older self again, paces around the Throne Room of King Eterr…

“A Curse… Of course… This explains why I “Worked”, and “Lived” in a place called “The Dark Fortress of Doom”…” With this he looks at first King Eterr, whose hands and arms are still chained behind his back…

And then Queen Sorceress Obamna…

“Indeed… There is no “Dark Fortress of Doom…”” Hemmingbyrd continues.

“There is Only Our Great Kingdom of Sthorn Light” he finishes.

“This changes nothing…” speaks Olamna most on unconvincingly.

Hemmingbyrd steps within fifteen feet of them “Really? Hmm”

He turns and walks away “And attaching the Curse to King Elias’s Fool…” he turns and faces The Queen again “Most inventive…”

“For you knew that you could not defeat us if we… And I, was at my Full Strength… And you assumed, the Fool would not be with us, as why would he come when there was no King to entertain…” he continues.

“Iliad tried to warn us of the Curse the whole way… Through Song… And Jest… But the thought of it, would simply not stick with my mind… A Good Curse indeed” he concludes.

“But you could not have done such a Curse by yourself Olamna… Now could you have” with this his eyes dart to first the Two Eyed Shadow Wizard, then the One Eyed one…

Suddenly they both quickly come forward and each kneel before Hemmingbyrd.

“Forgive us Great one… We were fools, blinded by the Promise of Power, and Stature…” they plea in sync.

“GET UP YOU FOOLS!! THE GAME IS OVER.. WE HAVE WON!!” Queen Sorceress Olamna spews, flapping her arms about.

Meanwhile, King Eterr speaks softly to Sir Elm “Release me…”

Sir Elm thinks it’s a bit of an odd request, and looks over at Prince Morr, yes he is indeed a Prince, who has made his way over to the back of the room.

Morr nods, and Sir Elm begins to release King Eterr.

“A Curse… My Lady… Is not allowed in Our Games…” speaks Hemmingbyrd to Olamna.

“But somehow I think you know this…” with this she looks away, trying to muster up her next word.

“My Sword…” speaks Eterr once released, and Sir Elm hands him his Great Black Blade.

“WE HAVE WON!! WE HAVE YOUR KING, AND YOUR QUEEN!!” shouts Olamna, now starting to lose her senses.

Suddenly King Etter’s Great sword is hurled across the room, striking Queen Sorceress Olamna in the chest, knocking her to the floor with a clutter.

CLINGG!!

“OOMFF!!”

“Checkmate…” Prince Morr speaks under his breath.

King Eterr makes his way across the room, and kneels by her bloodied body… She mumbles out “My King… Why” and dies.

He then withdraws his sword, and tosses it to the ground.

“I am dishonored… Do what you may to me, and My Kingdom” proclaims King Eterr.

“Hmm… Antoh” speaks Hemmingbyrd.

THE ROYAL DUNGEON

Suddenly, on the tip of Hemmingbyrd’s words, in a burst of blue white light, the chains disappear from Agatha and King Elias.

King Elias falls to the floor “Oommf”

Agatha, her hair golden blond once more, helps her father to his feet.

The dungeon doors open, and they make their way out.

THE ROYAL THRONE ROOM

“Hemmingbyrd now looks down at the Shadow Wizards “Banishment…” he speaks.

“NOO!! PLEASE GREAT WIZARD!!” they plea, and then with a wave of Hemmingbyrd’s Great Jundo Staff “YAYN OH TAY!!” they disappear in a peach colored shimmering light.

Agatha then enters the Chamber, and hands her father to one of the Knights of Sthorn Light, whose Tabards have changed from Black Dragons, to White Horses.

She steps forward “Where is Iliad??”

She speaks, but none answer.

Prince Morr is about to comfort her, but knows she will not recognize him in his True Form.

“Gone My Lady…” suddenly replies Sir Elm.

With this she notes the green and purple ashes in the middle of the Throne Room, makes her way there, kneels and runs her hands through them.

She starts to cry softly to herself “No…”

Hemmingbyrd then looks over at the Gorgon, who is still in its half sleep state.

“Amadoo” he speaks, and smacks his Staff against the floor…

KRONGG!!

…and the Gorgon disappears.

Once the Gorgon and Shadow Wizards are gone, Prince Morr and Sir Elm make their way to where Jodan’s body is hanging, bring it down, and return to the group with it.

Hemmingbyrd then approaches Agatha, and helps her to her feet.

“Good to see you Agatha…” he speaks, and winks.

“Hemmingbyrd??” she questions, not recognizing his True Form.

The Blue Wizard Hemmingbyrd then approaches King Eterr, and places a two fingers against the side of his forehead.

“Primcock…” he speaks, and a purple green oozing smoke leaves his head.

King Eterr falls to one knee from the shock of the Dark Magic leaving his body.

“I suspect… King Eterr… That you were slightly under Olamna’s Persuation in all of this…” speaks Hemmigbyrd.

King Eterr looks up at him, and makes his way back to his feet “Perhaps…” he replies.

Hemmingbyrd waves his Staff, and King Eterr’s Great Black Blade makes its way to his hands.

“Your Kingdom is again yours… But do choose your next Wife more carefully…” Hemmingbyrd speaks as he walks over to King Elias.

“Hemmingbyrd…” speaks King Elias.

“My Liege… It’s time we made our way home…” Hemmingbyrd proclaims.

Agatha, who has placed all of Iliad’s purple and green ashes into a black velvet bag, steps near Hemmingbyrd, who pulls her into his arms… Which is when she notices Prince Morr…

Prince Morr bows slightly, and somehow she knows it’s him.

“PRE NUN…. OR TOK… SPEN DRO EEFTT!!” speaks Hemmingbyrd, and in a Great red and pink glimmering smoke conjuring, all are teleported out of The Kingdom of Norawyn, and King Eterr’s Castle.

DarkJade-

PICTURE CREDIT – User Severus Dumbledore

Prologue

Chapter One – The Protector

Chapter Two – Another Life

Chapter 2.5 – Hemmingbyrd’s Dream

Chapter Three – Check

Chapter Four – Hunting for Unicorns

Chapter Five – The Coming of Agatha

Chapter 5.5  – A Fool’s Heart

Chapter Six – Table Manners

Chapter Seven – Elias

Chapter Eight – West Bound

Chapter Nine – Red And Blue Forest

Chapter X – Yokade Labyrinth

Chapter XI – Vanishing Sky

Chapter XII – The Curse

Chapter XIII – The Minotaur Orft

Chapter XIV – Queen Sorceress Olamna

Chapter XV – The Final Piece

Chapter XVI – Agatha Rising

Chapter XVII – The Dragon Truth

Chapter XVIII – The Grey Dragon Tu Masa

Chapter XIX – The Stand In King

Chapter XX – The Game

Chapter XXI – Infiltrate

Chapter XXII – Into The Belly of The Beast

Chapter XXIII – Blood Games

Chapter XXIII – Blood Games

Chapter XXIV – Stone Cold

Chapter XXV – Behold The Golem

Chapter XXVI – Iliad

Chapter XXVII – Trials

Chapter XXVIII – Shadow Wizards

Chapter XXIX – Diligence

Chapter XXXI – Farewells – The Conclusion

 

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