Opening The Gates
No one knew just how long Cedrics body had lain in the courtyard. No one knew if he was murdered, or took his own life. The only thing anyone within the walls of Glen Morach could be certain of, is that the siege was about to end.
Edan, Cedrics younger brother, had assumed control as soon as the alarm was raised. Apathy with the current situation was so prevalent that no one had the motivation to challenge him.
Within a few hours, all the women and children had been barricaded in the central keep and the remaining soldiers and able bodied men took arms. Despite intending to surrender, Edan could not rule out a fight.
The soldiers stationed outside the besieged fort crowded around an open campfire and shared their stories of families back home while cooking sausages. It had been some weeks since anything meaningful happened on this side of the conflict. Long enough infact that they were bored and restless. It came as a surprise then when they heard shouting coming from behind them in the direction of the fort.
On the ramparts above the gatehouse, a lone man was waving and shouting at the waiting allied soldiers who watched in confusion. They were too far to discern exactly what was being said.
Before they could react, the drawbridge began to fall. The clanking and squealing of the heavy chains pulling up the portcullis could not be clearer. The siege was about to end.
Edan stood infront of the rising portcullis. Behind him were 20 armed soldiers, spears and swords poised to defend.
As the entrance to Glen Morach opened, Edan stepped forward and made his way onto the now grounded drawbridge. He was greeted at the opposite end by a large group of allied MacCreg/Quayle soldiers, some of whom had their bows trained on Edan and his men.
“We come without malice! Im here to surrender the Slineiue forces” he shouted
One of the opposing soldiers, this one hiding behind a shield rather than a bow and arrow, stepped forward. “Drop your weapons or we will fire upon you”
Edan gripped his sword harder and responded. “Not until I have assurances of our safety! Cedric is dead and we wish this war to end”
“Im captain of this unit and can assure you that you and your people will not be harmed if you surrender, but you must do so now!” came the shield yielding soldier
“As you wish” Edan replied, throwing his sword over the side of the drawbridge into the water below. The Slineiue men lined up behind him also lowered their weapons and threw them on the ground.
Good riddance, Cedric.