A Tale for the Decade’s End

As the Time of Ten closes, evil forces engulf the Land of Cumber.  Dark King Louis rules, and those who resist his dominance begin to lose hope.  The insolence of Dark Louis knows no bounds; he cares not for the populace and offers them only destitution and hardship, while he showers riches and comfort on his favorites.  He destroys those who oppose him, removing them from their positions and casting them down.  He elevates those who do his bidding to high office.

He is subservient to Emperor Norc of SoJer, whose castle is in the Land of Camden.  In fealty to his lord, King Louis wrenches away the worldly goods of his poor land and offers his Kingdom’s wealth as bounty to the Emperor.  King Louis loves his subjects not, but rather seeks the power the Emperor bestows upon him.

In small numbers and sometimes alone, those who resist the injustice speak out, but the King’s agents move swiftly and with vengeance.  The King bribes and buys off those who challenge him, leaving fewer to resist.  As their comrades fall, the resistance doubts the trustworthiness of former allies.

In the hamlet of River More, the fraternity of those who love the hamlet and resist the King is shattered as he draws the hamlet’s princes into his fold.  The tale of the King’s perfidies is not to be told, because the kingdom’s scribes do the King’s bidding.

The one hope to rally those who believe in truth, justice, and the Louisless Way is the Magic Net.  Those who hover ‘neath the Net may speak openly of the wrongdoings of the King.  But who will listen?  Who will stand up to the King and challenge his power?  Hope is dimming as his iron fist tightens its control over the land, and his minions become ever more powerful, seizing control of all offices.  Who will help the rebels?  Is there a White Knight?

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9 Responses to A Tale for the Decade’s End

  1. WuLi says:

    Oh Mango – I am filled with envy for your way with words.

  2. PaperCut says:

    And thus the legend continues, not for truth of its tale but for the love of the story. Poor serfs of River More ever hopeful crouch shivering and cold begging scraps of bread and cheese whilst the jester spins a tale of woe. The Time of Tens knows no man and abides no man, it simply is the path to the end for all.

  3. Still Snowed in says:

    Very well written and accurate. Yes, there is a White Knight coming. He has a tough road to walk with the deals and corruption by others that has preceeded his swearing in. He will prevail, with more Knights to come in the next election.

    Good luck Tom Sheppard!

  4. Lucky the Dog says:

    No White Knight is coming, maybe a White Rabbit .

  5. oinkforfreedom says:

    Nice writing Mango. Its a tragic tale for sure as the King divides and conquers while former allies snipe over the crumbs. Even those who benefit from Lou act like victums. Wow, the magic power of the king. Woe to those who DARE oppose him.
    I hope Mr. Sheppard is not easly bought out and charmed by the king

  6. Tom Degan says:

    I can remember exactly where I was when this awful decade came into being. Believe it or not, when I rang in the new year on January 1, 2000, not only was I stone-cold sober – I was at church! My then-girlfriend and I attended a special midnight mass at the local Catholic church to welcome in, not only a new decade, but a new century and a new millennium. I remember feeling filled with optimism. By entering this new era, I felt, we could wipe the slate clean. Maybe this would be a new age of peace, love, brother and sisterhood. EVERYBODY SING!

    This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius!
    Age of Aquarius!
    Aquariusuuuuus!

    How utterly naive on my part, huh? By year’s end, all of that hope was out the window and into the toilet. In December of 2000, an ideologically perverted Supreme Court would assist in a stolen election by stopping the vote count in the state of Florida, installing a corrupt little frat boy with the I.Q. of a half-eaten box of Milk Duds as president of the United States. It was all downhill from that moment on. From the birth of “Reality Television” to the worst attack on American soil since the Civil War, it was quite a strange ten years to say the least. Thankfully this awful decade is a mere three days away from being forever consigned to history’s scrap heap. Hallelujah.

    http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

    Tom Degan

  7. Whoknew says:

    Mr. Sheppard has already been charmed.

  8. JamesRSauro says:

    Never give up the fight. Remember the Hobbit. Many adversaries. Still pushed on and never gave up. I won’t give up. In time I believe the truth will finally come forward. Happy New Year to everyone and may God bless us all.

  9. Matt Dunn says:

    Remember the Hobbit.

    That’s going to be my slogan going into 2010.

    Matt Dunn

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