I think the earlier posts have been edited quite well. The first prologue had a decent amount of changes and the second, some minor modifications. I've decided to take a completely different approach for the third prologue, so I hope you all enjoy it.The Red Forest
Prologue III: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Editors: Bawub, Murairy
Spawn is often seen as the only city in The Red Forest, as well as having an army that can control the entire forest. Unfortunately, Spawn's reputation exceeds reality. Spawn, two other cities, and many villages can be found within The Red Forest. Both these cities have armies and defenses that have allowed them to defy Spawn's power.
To the far south of Spawn, there were many small trade villages. The villages in the south of The Red Forest created the largest mine in all of Minecraft. Due to Spawn's reputation, most traders passed by these villages without a second glance. The people in the south tired of Spawn's good trade and unrewarding taxes, so they seceded from Spawn's empire. The villages combined their secret stashes of materials and chose the center village to become their capital, Beacon. Within a week, they built walls of iron that surrounded Beacon, and prevented Spawn's opposition. Beacon now stands as the most impenetrable city known to man. Under Beacon, is the huge network of mineshafts, filled with monsters and traps. Only those in Beacon can navigate the maze of tunnels, with the hope of survival. Lastly, the center of Beacon, a magic relic shines a light into the sky, welcoming any challengers.
The market area of Beacon looks much like an amusement park. It's located on Beacon's north side and also serves as the entrance to the city. This prevents outsiders from going too far into Beacon, while still being able to trade and admire the city.
A young boy sneaks towards an apple stand, near the gates leading to the outside. As he grabs an apple and runs, the stand owner spots him and shouts. The boy almost immediately runs into an iron armored man. The man is well built, with a scruffy beard and short black hair.
The man looks down at the boy, "Really, Vincent? You steal and didn't even make it 10 blocks away from the stand." The man takes the apple from Vincent and walks back to the stand, "Stay there, remember I know where your parents live.", he says.
As Vincent stands there pouting, the man walks to the stand owner's side and hands him the apple. As the stand owner thanks him, the man's other hand reaches behind the owner's back, to his other side and picks up two apples. As the owner turns back to the stand, the man turns away from him and hides the apples in front of himself.
He walks back to Vincent, tossing him one of the apples. Vincent smiles as he catches it and takes a bite.
The two walk towards the side of the gates. The walls of the city are 30 blocks high. The gates are 20 high and 15 long. People walking in and out of the city gates, some with mules, others with modest bags. The stands in the area, all unorganized but colorful, using decorations of all kinds.
As the two finish their apples, and the boy looks up at the man, "Sir Robert! I am overwhelmed by your presence and honored that you would not only speak, but aid a peasant."
Robert looks down with a smile and responds, "If you're going to talk to me like that at least bow your head. Also, I'm not a knight until tonight's ceremony."
Vincent looks away from his brother, even though they are not bound by blood. All the children from their orphanage see Robert as their older brother. "Rob, I heard the knights live in the castle, with the king." Vincent pauses, as he sits and continues, "Does that mean you'll be able to steal more food for us?"
Robert pats Vincent on the head and answers, "Yes, I'll still be able to visit. Stop talking about stealing, it's bad for my reputation."
Vincent jumps up and hugs Robert, "Wait a few more years, I'll be able to kick your ass!"
"Half my height and you use foul language, Mom used to make me drink mushroom stew whenever she heard me speak like that."
After a few more seconds, Vincent runs off into the market, towards the city.
A hooded figure stands near Robert and speaks, "I have a little brother too."
Robert turns his head to and from the stranger before responding, "Responsibilities. Sucks." Robert laughs to himself.
The name remains silent, as the noises of a busy market and chatter fills their silence.
"So, can I help you with anything?", Robert questions.
The man takes off his hood. He looks about the same age as Robert, mid 20s, but with gray hair and slimmer, as well as being clean cut.
"You can. I wish to ask a favor of your king. Such a task is extremely difficult, but as a knight, it becomes much easier for you."
"What do you need, that you can only ask a king?", Robert questions.
"There's a debt I must repay. I will offer my life to the king, if he would help me repay it."
"You're life is worth the riches of a king?"
"I'm not trading for riches."
"Then you seek his influence and power.", Robert states.
The man nods.
As the sounds of the market continue, Robert thinks to himself. Finally asking, "Do you have an offer, that I could never refuse? Or are you seeking my charity?"
"I offer my services to you. I will train your brother after my audience with the king, regardless of the outcome."
Robert hesitates before responding, "Exactly who are you?"
"My name is Percy. Percy Wolf of White Fir."
Robert stiffens as he responds, "You're a...merchant?" A short pause before continuing, "I've heard about the Wolves of White Fir , the 3 merchants and assassins, that caused the war in the north."
"Our reputation precedes us. We merely pulled the trigger to a war long waiting to happen."
Robert clears his throat as he says, "I heard the rumors of the infamous trio being ambushed on the border, last month. One was not there, one died, and the other a prisoner in Spawn. They say the prisoner, Markus, somehow survived an arrow, shot into the back of his head."
"Markus was always the stubborn one. Alex was my brother."
Although Percy sounded emotionless, Robert could feel the pain that filled those words. "I'm sorry. I can't imagine how you feel."
"I had my time to mourn. They were prepared for the consequences, as much as I am."
Robert admires Percy's poker face. If he had lost his siblings, he wouldn't be able to control his emotions. Despite the doubts that run through Robert's head, he is set in his decision.
"Alright, Percy. I will help get you an audience with the king, but I have one last request."
Percy bows his head as he responds, "I am grateful. What is your extra request?"
"You must promise me that you will not interfere with the Knight's Ceremony tonight."
Percy keeps his head bowed, in silence. After a moment, he slowly raises his head and looks to Robert. They stare at eachother for a few more moments, before Percy puts his hood back up.
"You have the morality of a knight, and you're sharper than any blade I have ever used. The ceremony doesn't need my interference, for me to know its outcome. I promise you, I shall not interfere with the Knight's Ceremony."
Percy turns and walks out the gates of Beacon, disappearing into the crowd.
Night falls and the moon illuminates the forest. Percy sits outside Beacon and he pets a wolf that lies next to him. Behind him, a body hangs from a tree. The rope snaps and the body hits the ground. Percy looks over at his victim, a starved man, missing his right arm and leg. It's unclear if the man had died of blood loss or suffocation, but Percy doesn't seem to care. "The second one won't be as easy as the first. Can you wait a bit longer, Silva?", Percy asks his wolf.
Robert stands in a circular arena. 3 others stand on their own within the arena. They all take off their armor and throw away their weapons.
The center of the arena also serves as the entrance to the great mine under Beacon. Each man will be given 2 logs and be sent into the mines. The mines have crafting tables, furnaces and empty chests, scattered throughout it. Whoever brings back the most loot, will become a knight. The other 3 will be judged and go through more tests before becoming knights themselves.
Many bets are made around the arena as to who the victor shall be. As the men walk to the center, the audience erupts in applause and begins the celebration.
The king walks to the center to meet the four men. His beard has been trimmed for the occasion, and his smile reveals all the wrinkles that comes with age. He looks and nods to each man, before passing them their logs.
After the he finishes, the four, all kneel and in unison speaks, "King Murairy, we swear our loyalty and we shall prove our strength."
Murairy looks over the youthful knights-to-be. "You were all boys once. You have all proven yourselves men to reach this honor. Now you will all rise from men and become knights. As custom, whoever wins tonight, gains the luxury of being exempt from all the tests hereafter. It is time to prove yourselves worthy to represent our home. May Notch be with you."
The men enter the mines and the sound of celebration slowly starts to fade away. They've prepared themselves for this night and all walk in confidence. After a minute or so, they all decide to part ways.
"Tristan Draper, you'll all have to remember that name for your futures."
"I'm Robert, I'll see you all at the castle when you three pass the other tests"
"Brett Littner. I already asked them to ready my room in the castle."
"Good luck to you all. I am Eric Ru-"
The "Ft Tsssssss" is the sound a Creeper makes before blowing up.
In case I didn't explain myself clearly, Beacon seceded due to Spawn hogging trade.
If there's anything anyone believes should be added, inform me please