Second Chance:King of Avuls
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by R. Richard
Category: Science Fiction/Mainstream
Description: Justin Imperiale has begun to learn how to use more paranormal powers. He's using the information he gained when he defeated Gaiton. The latest thing is how to teleport himself from place to place. The South Continent Empire is near war with Tiwanaku, the country to the South of the present Empire. Tiwanaku is a country with a regular army, tanks, field artillery, heavily armed infantry and so forth. The situation seems likely to explode into war, but Justin has a plan. In the process of carrying out his plan, Justin encounters Annda, a woman he abandoned to a terrorist group. Annda and Justin have a mind war. After the mind war, Justin manages to obtain four neutron weapons that he can use to solve problems in Avuls. He then arms drone aircraft with the weapons and ships them to a seaport near Avuls. While the weapons are en-route, two space freighters and a warbird approach Corin. The ships contain refugees called Vorkal. The Vorkal have paranormal talents among them. Justin learns from the Vorkal paranormal; talents and also acquires a warbird. Justin needs to go back to Mesodania, but decides to take the long way and he searches for and finds a talisman in the South continent. At a refueling stop, something is not right. So he flies to Ifrequeh, instead of directly back to Mesodania. In Ifrequeh, Justin discovers that a juju man called Dwarf is trying to take over his mine. To prevent a war, Justin is forced to fight a mind battle against the Dwarf. Justin then returns to Mesodania. He finds that war with Avuls threatens and Justin becomes the lone voice of reason amidst war hawks. The situation worsens and Justin secretly launches the drones that he's prepared and wipes out the leadership of Avuls. Voice of reason, Justin then leads an invasion of Avuls, 'just to provide needed leadership.' Several pretenders try to establish themselves as King of Avuls, but they run into Justin. Justin uses a combination of military power, religious endorsement and economic development to establish himself as King of Avuls. There are those who smuggle illegal drugs through Avuls. No one wants to actually stop the drug smuggling as the powers that be are profiting from the smuggling. That doesn't bother Justin, He just plans to steal the drugs. Justin then gets involved with a group in Mesodania who are selling silver objects. There is no commercial silver mining in Mesodania and Justin suspects that the silver is being mined via a gate, like the gate the the Glyon people use. He then explores the gate. There's a Temple of Vorell located near the city of Byzantion in the North Continent of the Old World. The Temple contains one of the scrolls Justin is seeking. The people in the area force the Priests out of the Temple and Justin plots to obtain the scroll. Justin still has his second chance and the adventure continues.
eBook Publisher: Club Lighthouse Publishing USA LLC/Club Lighthouse Publishing, 2011 2011
eBookwise Release Date: August 2011
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [236 KB]
Reading time: 154-215 min.
King of Mesodania
I'M NOW THE KING of what used to be Mesodania.
I have split what used to be Mesodania into four kingdoms. However, each new Kingdom is still to be ruled by me, Justin Imperiale.
In the new order, the southern part of what was once Mesodania was called Pharisa, until I sold the name to Avuls and it'll henceforth be a separate kingdom, called Ubia.
The central part of what was once Mesodania will henceforth be a separate kingdom, and it'll still be called Mesodania.
The western part of what was once Mesodania will henceforth be a separate kingdom, called Furat.
The northern part of what was once Mesodania will henceforth be a separate Kingdom, called Clegodania. I also added large chunk of the northern part of Avuls to Clegodania, as a result of selling the Pharisa name to Avuls. The addition of the large chunk of Avuls was the final thing that convinced the Clegs to accept me as their King.
I'm also now the King of Characene, a small nation to the South of the old Mesodania. Characene was once the Republic of Characene, but it couldn't defend itself against the old Mesodania. I freed Characene and then established myself as absolute Monarch. The citizens of Characene find that my rule is pretty much the way they want things, and with me as King, they're now safe from invasion.
In the process of becoming the King of Mesodania, I learn of a tribe in a remote valley of Mesodania. The valley is high in the mountains that separate Mesodania from Avuls, at that point. The valley is called the Valley of Dreams by the people who live there, although the official name for the valley isn't nearly so fancy and is the name of a North Continent surveyor of more than a century ago. There are rumours in Mesodania that the people in the Valley of Dreams use magic. I check the legend of the Valley of Dreams and learn that the legends indicate that Lord Vorell almost certainly stopped there. I also learn that the people of the Valley of Dreams have fancy silver plates that must have come from somewhere other than Mesodania, since there's no record of silver mining in Mesodania. There's very little use of silver in and around Mesodania and I strongly suspect that the plates, or at least the silver for the plates, came from another world, via some sort of gate, similar to the way that the people of Glyon move back and forth to Corin.
I don't have time, right now, to explore a gate, if indeed there's actually a gate. I have a lot of problems just ruling the former Mesodania.
I establish ruling councils in my new kingdoms, to make some of the day-by-day decisions and require less of my time. Unfortunately, there's a tradition of corruption in the area of the former Mesodania and, as a result, I have to execute some of the ruling council members for trying to steal money from the kingdom they were to help rule. The executions halt the corruption problem, that was thought by many to be unsolvable. Dead men tell no tales and they also steal no money.
I have now added several more kingdoms to my rule. The new kingdoms have problems that need to be solved. Unfortunately, the old kingdoms also have problems that need to be solved.
I do have some victories to savour. I have arranged for advanced civilization training for some of my Zayan subjects, so that they can raise as many crops as they have the water to support and no more. I also have arranged for advanced civilization training for other of my Zayan subjects so that the prediction of weather, including future rainfall amounts, is much improved. As a result of the training, my Zayan subjects are now raising more crops, earning more money and paying more taxes.
I'm using the Zayan tax money to solve more problems for my Zayan subjects and things are going pretty well in Zaya. There are still a lot of problems to be solved, but the Zayan citizens can see progress.