By Mykela

King Sraal Dunhurst

Summary

  • King of Daliium
  • Husband of Queen Nar’liin
  • Father of Prince Jaarul and Princess Jaaliin

King Dunhurst lost his mother when a spy inside his father’s kingdom killed her, and then his father rode off for revenge. His father did come back home after he and his group of soldiers killed the spy, but the battle injured him very badly and he survived only two more years. This left Sraal over the kingdom at age seventeen, and he didn’t feel ready to take over, but he stepped up to his duty. At that time there were constant battles and wars.

Sraal married Nar’liin before his father passed away and Nar’liin conceived before his father died, but the baby was born after.

The allies had minimal rest in these times because Sraal stationed soldiers at the farms to protect the food supply. The soldiers trained intensely, and they fought constantly.

Witches were numerous, but the black witches were more emboldened than the white. Witches of all colors helped with the battles on both sides as they were able, and they were training students. Of course, white and black witches were more involved with the battles and kings usually had a witch advisor to discuss battle plans. King Dunhurst had Nar’liin, his wife, as an advisor, but Nar’liin didn’t like war and didn’t like to hear about it, so sometimes King Dunhurst would turn to Zel’viin for at least some predictions.

At times Sraal pulled kingdom people in to train as soldiers when the army suffered too many causalities. King Dunhurst knew his father never liked to pull in the peasants, but everyone’s safety depended on it. King Dunhurst had a group of peasants that he had called in many times, and he was familiar with their skills.

King Dunhurst oversaw all of these things. Then when his daughter was seven and his wife was pregnant a second time, the black Queen witch, Zash’hura captured their daughter and shortly afterward a black witch named Ve’laaria killed Queen Zash’hura. All battles ceased!  King Dunhurst was very sad to lose his daughter, and he was glad to finally have a chance to catch his breath.

All of this happens before the story begins. King Dunhurst enters the story while making the rounds to oversee the kingdom. With the peace they’ve had and his son’s celebration pending, he builds up hope in himself and thinks about rebuilding some of the kingdom statues and even adding one in honor of his father. Shortly afterwards a soldier brings news of burnt crops, so Sraal immediately decides to speak with an ally, and he immediately fears battles are starting up again.

King Dunhurst soon realizes that he made the mistake of not training and preparing to the same level he had before. He took a breath, and then he should have started back with the intensive trainings and posting soldiers at his fields, but now time was lost because his enemy had been preparing for battle in all those twelve years.

As he rides north, he starts trying to remember all the lessons his father taught him, and he remembers not believing some of the things his father told him, when those things turned out to be true. He knew he had seen battles and had more exposure to things than his son, Prince Jaarul, and therefore Jaarul would believe even fewer of the lessons.

Nonetheless, Prince Jaarul needed training and needed it quickly!  With battles and war pending Jaarul would have to be ready to take over the kingdom if something happened to King Dunhurst, so King Dunhurst starts with some simple lessons as they ride and then decides not to try to teach too much at once.

Sraal starts with Prince Jaarul getting a reading of the future for two reasons, one that was an extra objective of the trip, and two the readings had helped Sraal prepare for what was against Daliium Kingdom many times. King Dunhurst hopes that after Prince Jaarul gets his reading, his son might be ready for more lessons, depending of course on the contents of the reading.

Then when King Dunhurst gets to his northern farm and sees the abundant crops, the crops alleviate some of his worry and he still doesn’t know the extent of damage on the southern farms. His instinct tells him to leave soldiers behind to guard the farm as he had in the past, but Mr. Farmer begs him not to.

King Dunhurst has to think of all his people and his people have to have crops, but Mi’atsha is a puzzle he hasn’t figured out. Mr. Farmer says the daughter will leave if the king places soldiers on the farm, and King Dunhurst isn’t sure he wants to risk the daughter leaving for many reasons, only one of which is his son’s pending celebration and his son’s infatuation with Mi’atsha. Mr. Farmer argued that crops hadn’t been lost since Mi’atsha had started farming, and King Dunhurst could not argue that point.

King Dunhurst reasons with himself that he’ll be back in a day or two. When he escorts the daughter to his son’s celebration, he can leave soldiers behind to guard. When he gets to the northern edge of his farm, he questions his own conclusion because his ally’s crops are but smoldering ash. The wind is blowing north to south; yet the flames do not cross the border. At this point he knows he needs to know more about Mi’atsha because the flames should be crossing the border and they’re not!  He suspects she is a witch as he has for many years, but he doesn’t know how to approach her and talk to her.

Mr. Farmer has always told everyone that Mi’atsha was special and needed special considerations. He made it sound like Mi’atsha wasn’t bright and should not be bothered.

King Dunhurst had lived through some witch hunts and witch burnings. Moreover, his father told stories of mobs burning innocent people with a few lower witches, so King Dunhurst knew why Mr. Farmer wanted people to think Mi’atsha had something wrong with her mind and not think she was a witch. Still, he would need to talk to her and possibly get her to council with his wife, Nar’liin, or get her to ally with himself. If Mi’atsha and his wife would get together, then he could at least get news. His wife could let him know Mi’atsha’s strength as a witch.

At this point in the story, King Dunhurst has no idea that Mi’atsha is strong enough to be a Queen witch, or that she has more power than his wife. He doesn’t know the amount of magic it takes to block the flames from spreading towards his farm. He just knows his father’s lesson of learning all you can about the protections of your kingdoms as well as all the threats to it. The idea his father tried to stress was to strengthen protections that worked and weaken threats. King Dunhurst could visibly see that something or someone was protecting his crops, but not how to strengthen that. He certainly didn’t want to weaken that protection, which would happen if Mi’atsha disappeared in the woods when he left behind soldiers, and his soldiers couldn’t stop the spread of fire in the way he was witnessing as he rode towards his ally.

Later when Madam Zel’viin states that Mi’atsha is vital to the crops, King Dunhurst remembers how much he needed to council with Mi’atsha and now he had his wife, Zel’viin, and Mi’atsha altogether. The two witches could watch Mi’atsha and give him a report later on her. He decided that including Prince Jaarul in this witch meeting would be some necessary training for Jaarul.

During the meeting King Dunhurst only gets a hint of Mi’atsha’s power, but his worries about his northern farm are very much alleviated all together.

Even though he has been around his wife and Zel’viin, King Dunhurst is unaware of most of the protocol to use with witches, especially witches with Mi’atsha’s power, so this will be something he will have to learn as the story goes along.

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