Arkoth surveyed his troops, each with a stern countenance, he knew they were ready. This battle hardened group was the most elite guard in the kingdom. Arkoth, having trained many of them himself, held faith that his army would not falter in the wake of the enemy. Still, he had to assure them of his confidence, he called them to attention. He made his way to the front, calling his officers forward to report. Each saluted and fell back into line; Arkoth eased his troops and started his speech.
Men, we stand now in the calm before the storm, he paused looking across his troops choosing his words carefully. I have fought beside you all in every battle, this time will not be different. I have relished in our victories along side you and led retreats bitterly swearing our revenge. Though the latter less, of course. He chuckled along with the rest of his men. You are all excellent warriors, fathers, brothers, sons, and servants to our king. I would not rather fi