N -  Maps That Tell Lies

N - Maps That Tell Lies

A Chapter by BL

'The fire is in embers. Go out and get wood, but be careful there are wolves lurking'

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"I seem to spend all my time looking at maps, maps that add more mystery than enlightenment. Then there are new messages from abroad that disturb our settled world, that I only try to make plans for." Emperor Cicero said impatiently pulling away from the huge map table that he'd had specially constructed. Looking briefly at the rough pentagonal shape of Gaul, he took a large gulp of wine and wiped his mouth on his sleeve of fine silk. He stared down with a serious glower, his brow furrowed, overshadowing his dark brown eyes. His arms were wide as he rested on one side of the map table, his hands in fists. Ironically he looked like a god glaring down on a small and insignificant world. The map itself was a paper mache model of the known world, with Europa at the centre. The surrounding continents took up the edges and ended suddenly where the table stopped, they were distortedly small as little was known about them and they had not been fully explored. The simplified land masses were painted olive green and brown, with white mountain ranges and bright blue rivers. Thin strips of yellow depicted the beaches in places and the sea was painted crudely a sapphire blue.

"Sir" his aide, Julianus asked, not sure whether to respond or not.

"Every map or scroll I see tells a different story. Its difficult to know what is real, even the spies are in contradiction"

"The information we have is the most up to date and collaborated, we have never had a better view of the world." Julianus said giving the official line of commonly spoken propoganda. Cicero looked at him dismissively and then looked blankly at the line of the three silent and stern looking generals behind. Each held a decorative war helmet neatly under his left arm, leaving his right arm free to hang loose over his sheathed sword. A soft breeze blew in from the many pairs of open doors that lined the room on three sides and it gave a welcome coolness. It ruffled the curtains and danced in the braziers that hung on the high stone walls, making the flames grow larger and more ragged. Seeing the generals seemed to stir Cicero.

"All troops will meet in Lyon" he announced with certainty and as he did he moved forty wooden blocks to a black mark in southern Gaul. His advisors looked on with uncertainty, their faces going white. "All to Gaul, to Lyon, no matter where they are now. I want our front line troops, our best, I want this operation done right, does everybody understand?" he shouted drunkenly and aggressively leaning on a wooden cabinet at the side of the room, his body swaying. There was a silence. "I said does everybody understand?" he said looking at the three silent generals, who seemed unmoved but what he was saying.

"Yes Sir" they mumbled over each other quietly. As they did he dramatically scooped up three scrolls from the edge of the map table and approached them.

"Portus, you will feel the heat on your back" Cicero said prodding him in his muscular chest and then slapping the scroll at his flat stomach. He waited by him until he got a response.

"Yes Sir" Portus said taking the sealed scroll of orders. Portus looked down and smiled knowing he had got the easiest of the three assignments. Cicero moved along the line.

"Severus you have the biggest task. I want you to go to Briton, here are your orders" Cicero's eyes lingered on the tall and broad general, who was the most experienced and successful. At the age of nearly forty he was ready for retirement.

"Yes Sir, to the letter" Severus replied in an official tone. He weighed the scroll in his hand and noticed it was thick, the parchment was spiralled inside and long as though there were more than one set of orders.

Then he stood in front of Lucius. "Pack your furs" The Emperor said slapping the scroll into the generals chest with sharp force. "Any questions?"

"When do we march?" Portus asked.

"At the first of spring, when else" Cicero replied, breezing away from them to the large open doorway that faced a high view of Rome. "Make ready all the men under your command, read through your orders carefully and when you are assembled in Lyon we will make our next move"

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very very great job dear. your story is quiet vivid. and the following paragraph i liked the most.

"The information we have is the most up to date and collaborated, we have never had a better view of the world." Julianus said giving the official line of commonly spoken propoganda. Cicero looked at him dismissively and then looked blankly at the line of the three silent and stern looking generals behind. Each held a decorative war helmet neatly under his left arm, leaving his right arm free to hang loose over his sheathed sword. A soft breeze blew in from the many pairs of open doors that lined the room on three sides and it gave a welcome coolness. It ruffled the curtains and danced in the braziers that hung on the high stone walls, making the flames grow larger and more ragged. Seeing the generals seemed to stir Cicero.
thanks for sharing with all of us. :)


Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

BL

5 Years Ago

This is great to hear, I will now be continuing this story
Irenic

5 Years Ago

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very very great job dear. your story is quiet vivid. and the following paragraph i liked the most.

"The information we have is the most up to date and collaborated, we have never had a better view of the world." Julianus said giving the official line of commonly spoken propoganda. Cicero looked at him dismissively and then looked blankly at the line of the three silent and stern looking generals behind. Each held a decorative war helmet neatly under his left arm, leaving his right arm free to hang loose over his sheathed sword. A soft breeze blew in from the many pairs of open doors that lined the room on three sides and it gave a welcome coolness. It ruffled the curtains and danced in the braziers that hung on the high stone walls, making the flames grow larger and more ragged. Seeing the generals seemed to stir Cicero.
thanks for sharing with all of us. :)


Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

BL

5 Years Ago

This is great to hear, I will now be continuing this story
Irenic

5 Years Ago

............................................................................:)
B: Great job, still stoking the fires, good reminder. It's a wonderful chapter, great content, great detail. I'm enjoying it very much and I thank you. You've did a lot of research and it shows. Just fabulous writing. There's no way out for me now! Loving it. Thank you so very much. Dale

Posted 6 Years Ago


BL

5 Years Ago

Thanks Dale, appreciated
One point -- only appointed bodyguards would be permitted to carry a weapon into the emperor's presence. This is true of any and all State leaders.

Posted 6 Years Ago


BL

6 Years Ago

Ok thanks, well spotted
MomzillaNC

6 Years Ago

yw :)
The imagery in this piece is astounding, the way you have described the forest, and the cautious planning of the men is fantastic. I have to say that as of this moment, I am
1. Hooked
2. Very exited to read the whole thing
3. Happy that you have decided to write this
nice job!

Posted 6 Years Ago


BL

6 Years Ago

Thank you for your kind review, its nice to have you onboard
Very interesting chapter B :D the imagery pretty vivid...

Posted 6 Years Ago


BL

6 Years Ago

Thank you Black Warrior
The Black Warrior

6 Years Ago

You are very Welcome B :D

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