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A never ending pursuit | Chapter IV

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[Check chapter III here]

[..] Valion didn’t know what the old man was talking about; change everything? What is there to change? Should he even go back to Flore in the first place? So many questions he had no answer to.
« Young man, Flore is in a bad shape, » said Enzeqor.
« I don’t really see what you’re talking about. At the very least, it doesn’t seem that way. » Asked Valion.
« We’ll talk about that at a later time. You seem to have other priorities at the moment. Your revenge I assume. »
« I seek no vengeance. I just want to be by her side! Though if killing them is what it takes, then it shall be done. »
The old man sighed; « Oh how I miss my youth… »
« You still have a life ahead of you. Should we escape this place, I’ll make sure you get the best date you could ever dream of! »
A bright smile appeared on Enzeqor’s face; « I’ll take you on your word then. I am counting on you. I am not that much of a flirt anymore. I lost my touch. I’ve been here for decades. »
« So, how are we going to escape this deep valley? » Valion shivers out of nowhere; « Ugh, I just remembered its name… The valley of death, huh? »
« That’s the name, young one. Fortunately, Only the weak die here. You managed to one hit a monster in your disastrous state earlier. Death shall not find its way to you. At the very least, as long as you don’t face the gatekeeper. »
« Oh, that guy… Is he that strong? » Asked Valion.
« I bet you thought Urick was strong. Well, I hate to break it to you, but the gatekeeper is at the very least 10 times stronger if not more » Stated Enzeqor.
Valion was shocked. He couldn’t even begin to fathom how strong the gatekeeper would be if he didn’t manage to deal Urick in the first place. The news devastated him.
« I probably shouldn’t have told you that. » Wondered Enzeqor.
« No, not really. It’s much better. Knowing this gives me a huge load of motivation to work on getting stronger. After all, it’s doomed for me if I don’t win against him. » Said Valion.
« Him? Actually, the gatekeeper is not a human. It’s a demon created by one of Vlad’s sorcerers. »
« A demon?! What? Is that even possible? »
« Yes, Vlad went a bit overkill when it comes to making sure no one escapes this valley. He doesn’t want to risk anyone returning to the capital » Stated Enzeqor.
« Risk? What is he aware of? » Asked Valion.
« If someone were to be banished by Vlad, it would probably be because of knowing things he wouldn’t want to be revealed. He has some dark schemes going on in the background. Even his closest underlings probably don’t know much of what he’s planning. » Responded the old man.
« I see… What do I need to do to get out of here? »
« I understand your rush. Still, we both know that if we were to face the gatekeeper, we wouldn’t make it out unscathed. You have to be patient. I know how to make you stronger. Although You have to bear with what’s to come, Young one. » Stated Enzeqor.
« Okay! What kind of training will I go through? » Asked Valion.
« First of all, you need to understand what magic is. You’re using it out of intuition. Am I wrong? »
« More or less. My late dad taught me some lightning magic. » Valion spaces out of for a moment; « I honestly don’t remember much about him. Though he’s the one who helped me learn magic with godly attributes. » He added.
« There are seven types of magic. At the very least, that’s what the old records stated. They are the following; fire, water, wind, earth, lightning, light and dark. Some types counter the others. For instance, fire magic would be quite weak against the water element. Also, should some magic elements meet, they would create powerful combinations. For example, wind magic enhances fire magic by enraging its flames even more. With time, other magic elements appeared; ice, iron, mold and many others. You happen to have faced a rare type which is curse magic. »
Valion’s attention starts to fade away as the old man speaks about magic elements and how they work. »

[After 15 minutes of the old man talking to himself]

« Getting bored, aren’t we? Is this all the motivation you have?! I am disappointed. » The old man just grinned at Valion.
« I am sorry, I hate going through lectures. I’ve had enough of them from dad. » Said Valion.
« Young one, every information you know will one day be of use to you. That much, I can assure you. You have great potential. Please, don’t waste it because of ignorance. One day, you’ll figure out what I am talking about. » Insisted Enzeqor.
« I admit that I got bored. However, I remember everything you said. Fear not, Old man. »
« I think you might have access to more than one magic type. Have you ever tried casting spells other than lightning ones and of course, enchanting magic? » Asked Enzeqor.
« I never considered that. I haven’t known until now that it’s actually possible. » Stated Valion.
« Follow me, young one. We have some monsters to train against. » Said Enzeqor as he took Valion’s hand and started walking.

To be continued.

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Review | The second episode of GOT: A knight of seven kingdoms.

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The second episode of GOT’s 8th season hit the world by storm last Sunday and I can’t help but say that it rendered so many of us absolutely speechless. If the episode had another title one would easily go with « The calm before storm » for this episode depic0ted Winterfell’s ongoing preparations for the big battle.

Needless to say that this review is filled to the brim with spoilers, so if you did not watch the episode yet(shame!) you might not want to read this.

The episode kicked off with Jaime Lannister’s « trial ». A swarm of Northerners along with Jon,Sansa,Tyrion and Daenerys who’s enjoying the premature perks of being a queen.Fingers were pointed towards the poor King Slayer who happens to not only be an executioner, a traitor who cause Ned Stark’s death, but also a proud convict of incest… The list is  far too long to cram into one coherent sentence.

As Jaime seemed to fail to get out of such a situation despite Tyrion’s failed trials of talking Dany out of it, Brienne of Tarth stepped in once again to salvage our favorite lion and vouched for him as a brother and as a fellow warrior.

Highlight of the trial: Bran’s clever « The things we’d do for love » comment.

Hearing such things would make you assume Bran harbors hatred for Jaime for what he had done. But no.

The trial scene is followed by a cascade of Jaime reunions: He’s forgiven by Bran who suddenly turned Godly with his three-eyed raven thingy, Tyrion still claims he knew nothing about Cersei’s endeavours and shares fantacies about a luxurious death, and most importantly we got a scene with Lady Brienne who oddly seems to miss Jaime’s insults.

Enough of Jaime, let’s move on to all the other imminently dying characters.

Jon Snow is giving Daenerys the cold treatment (see what I did there?) and seems to avoid her like the plague. She now names him the Warden of the North and he doesn’t seem to care much about titles right until the final scene inside the magical crypts. Jon and Dany stand before Lyanna’s statue where he gushes his heart out and tells Dany about his parents with pride in his tone.

Surprisingly Daenerys did not seem to care about her lover’s birth secrets nor the fact that he happens to be her nephew. She only seemed to care about his claim to the Iron Throne and that’s when she dropped the solid argument of « How come the only ones who know are your stoned brother and your best friend? »

Moving on to a very important clue which is Bran’s claim that the Night King is after him since he is the memory of this world and the mark he left on his hand will always lead the Night King to him therefore he will use himself as bait as Theon protects him inside of Winterfell.

The episode was filled with tear jerking scenes which I took the pleasure of ordering:

I- Brianne finally becoming A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms(The title of the episode).

She is probably the first female knight is all of westeros. Encouraged by Tormund’s undying love and giant’s milk and Jaime’s actual knighthood, Brienne’s arc is finally complete and we got to see the brightest smile throughout the whole series. We all know what’s coming next for Brianne. The onyl question that arises now is: Will Tormund die alongside her or will he mourn her for the rest of the series?

II-Arya breaking all of our hearts.

We watched Arya since season 1 when she was 10 according to the books and we got to see her grow as a warrior with a bit of a childish vibe. She finally stepped out of that shell and spent this season hitting on Gendry. She showed him her unprecedented skills and her deep « death has many faces » quotes. In the latest episode she took things to the next level since it might as well be her last night on earth. However this might all be a game played by Arya since she only took the final initiative after knowing Gendry is indeed the last Barratheon. Could she possibly have something up her sleeves? Is she doing all  of this just to get to the Melisandre?

III-Sansa and Daenerys « bonded ».

Sansa and Dany discussed extremely important subjects prior to the battle such as Dany’s taller ex-lover or her twisted and complicated family or maybe her love and devotion that made her follow Jon to the North (I can’t help but show my obvious bias I’m sorry) they were 2 minutes away from braiding each other’s hair when Sansa dropped the North bomb. Sansa seems to harbor a deep love f the North and intends to keep it for the Starks no matter who gets to be seated on the Iron Throne. Dany is obviously not please since the seven kingdoms are not seven if the North is not included.

What I concluded: Daenerys only cares about the Iron Throne and Emilia’s eitehr a terrible actress or Dany’s seriously trying to fool Sansa with the lover girl façade.

IV-What seems to be Grey Worm and Missandei’s final scene.

Sorry to bring grim to this party but the scene was too perfect. Grey Worm and Missandei discussed their future together in the Island of Narth (Which is filled witth butterfly fever). The only characters that ever discussed the future where those two. The future is never a good sign.

V-The lads of the Night’s watch get together.

Things might’ve changed but the only 3 surviving « Crows » still keep their vows and pledge to gueard the realms of men from the death that’s marching towards poor little Winterfell. We got a nostalgic scene of them above the walls of the city just like they stood above The Wall.

VI- Battle preperations

From Sir Davos reminiscing over Shireen, poor lads getting ready for battle to weaker individuals hiding inside the « Safe » crypts of Winterfell. We got a glimpse of how real people got ready for this war with the newest BGM « Jenny of Oldsone » sang by our lovely Podrick (That’s also what he did with those girls).

VII-Theon and Sansa’s hearfelt reunion.

This was my favorite scene of the whole season. It was so beautiful to see how much those characters grew since the 1st season and how much those terrible experiences they both went through shaped them into what they are today. The scene was sadly folds better than Jon and Arya’s long-awaited collision.

The episode was nostalgic and it is without a single doubt a token of farewell to many of our favorite characters who will die facing death itself. (Was that too cheesy?)

Strategy :

The next episode will be the longest in the series and will also be one of the biggest battles of TV history. It will be entitled « Battle For Winterfell »

During the latest episode we got a glimpse of the battle scene:

 

Jorah Momont( With Heart’s Bane which that he got from Sam) along with the Dorthrakis are right upfront which is an assured death for Jorah added to the fact that he completed his arc and accepted the fact taht he’ll never be Daenerys’s Hand(or anything really).

Right after that you can find the Unsullied lead by poor old Grey Worm.

On the right there the army of the North lead by Jon Snow and the rest of that army is on the left lead by Brienne, Jaime and the Knights of the Vale.

Dany si luring with her dragons near Winterfell.

Bran is meanwhile protected by Theon while most of the other characters hide in the Crypts.

The city and the warriors are well equiped with Drangonglass and 4 Valyrian steel swords.

Only the next episode can reveal how this batlle will unfold.Who will win? Who will parish? What faces of death are we going to encounter? Too many uncertainties.

There’s one thing we all know for sure « If we die, at least we’ll die together » God I love Tormund!

 

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