The Darklord demands
Zad was an old adversary. They’d been at each other’s throats for years. So when a bunch of his thugs turned up .. out-numbered five-to-one, surprise ambush, netting him helplessly .. Dar thought he’d got under Zad’s skin again. And he’d sent his heavies to exact a price.
Zad was cruel, single-minded, a harsh ruler. What he set his heart on, he went all-out to get. Which was where he and Dar had clashed, often. Imprisoning the innocent. Enslaving men because he needed them to build him a new palace. People were nothing to him. He respected no one, no rights, no freedoms.
But from others he did demand respect. Total obedience. Unthinking deference. Anyone stood up to him .. if a certain Beastmaster encouraged others to defy his commands .. Zad went mad. He had gone mad. A number of times Dar’s muscled hide had finished up in his clutches. And he’d earned only fury when defiant he had spat scorn back in Zad’s face.
No idea why Zad had sent men to capture him. Did this mad ruler need a reason? Probably been brooding over some past encounter …..? Some chance remark reminded him of an earlier humiliation from the Beastmaster …..? Zad bore grudges. He was a man who thought he had every right. And a massive chip on the shoulder that the Beastmaster would not bend the knee.
And Dar would not again. No way would he give in to this despotic fool. He was set for another fruitless encounter with a persistent tyrant .. who wanted things only his own way …….
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