Chapter 1: A new beginning.
The High Council had gathered, at least that's how they liked to call themselves. This entire expedition had been a rather unsettling experience and being so distant from their home-city Tyros made everything seem alien. Most of the men who had any direct affiliation with the Tyros administration were the higher ranked Red Castes, who had been specifically instructed to prevent any kind of activities that might make the colonists forget they were citizens of Tyros first of all, and inhabitants of Sirionus only secondly. Either way Admiral Sirionus had found no better than to organize the administration of the colony as a copy of that of Tyros, thus he had appointed some of the High Castes as members of this Sirionus High Council, who all had been given different missions and tasks from their Caste superiors in Tyros. Only the High-Initiate Punito had found reason to visit this new colony and he had kept himself isolated most of the time, leaving the mundane task of leading and organizing the colony to the other High Castes.
Except for the so-called "High Council" gathering he had found a reason to leave his quarters. He was late and that had been his intention all along, Marcus-Persicus the sole Captain of the Red Castes had the word and was urging the High Council to free some of the few remaining resources to strengthen the mercenary company of which he was put in charge.
"The colony is in chaos. The low castes are aggresively refusing to continue their work in the farmlands, the economy is paralyzed, the merchants are expecting us to solve this mess immediately and there are too many that question the authority of this council. They are foolishly waiting for word and reinforcements from Tyros!"
"Foolish?" - reacted Punito, "Who is the fool here? You've no right to call yourself a High Council. Our High Council is in Tyros and you should simply follow their orders until you'd get new ones."
Marcus bowed his head in respect to Punito, who was in fact the only real official High Council member of Tyros among them all. Punito's presence had surprised most of the High Castes, he had not shown his face in months.
"With all respect, Blessed One!" - continued Marcus "Without a local council we would fall into anarchy, we can't wait endlesly for word of Tyros to solve all our problems."
"Then call yourself the 'council of common problems'. The next man, woman or child I hear referring to this common rabble as 'High Council' will be personally reported to Tyros as a traitor by me. Which in fact should be your task instead, Captain of Tyros." - Punito retorted in a foul mood. "Now let this council of common problems continue... let's hear what these so called urgent problems are."
"Yes, High Initiate." - Marcus defeatedly replied.
It soon was clear that the colony indeed was in despair and chaos, as every complaint brought forth just made it clearer how discontent everyone was with being here, but Punito was not impressed with any of the complaints made. At best some of the suggested solutions made him yawn instead of shake his head disapprovingly until he finally shouted out:
"You are indeed a common rabble! There are no problems! Tell your Warriors and mercenaries to patrol the woods instead of laying around lazily on the beaches and kill some of the peasants until they continue their duty on the farmlands!"
"What about the outlaws?" - Marcus asked, referring to the raiders who had attacked their farmlands.
"Are you an idiot, boy? If there had been anything to fear around here we would have known about them centuries ago. They're just some outlaws like you say, lost pirates that stranded here and now live in animal-skins and breed bastard-sons with the ugly deck-slaves of their ships."
Most of the council seemed to nod their head in agreement, the High Initiate was rather convincing, and they rather believed his words than to dwell on fear of a hostile city nearby.
Marcus however remained silent, he was convinced that these raiders were more organized than a mere bunch of bastard pirate-sons, but he would not dare to disagree with the High Initiate.
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