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Episode Info: Inner Harsh Season 1 / Episode 10 Written by Lucas James Pralle Narrated by Larry Anderson     King Jade sat upon his understated bronze throne at the end of the royal chamber, staring through the three prisoners that were kneeling before him. They were messengers sent from Castle Maryt, bearing warnings of war. Upon receiving their message, King Jade had them thrown into his rat infested dungeon and sent riders of his own out to Castle Ker in the south and Castle Tikreeb in the east, appealing for assistance. His messengers returned within a week with their replies, and King Jade had now made his decision. “I want the three of you to stand,” said the King with a calm authoritative air. His speech was slow and deliberate, not a breath wasted. A handful of royal guards, each impressively equipped with muscle and blade, stood behind the shabby prisoners. The riders, still wearing the red and black riding gear of Castle Maryt, and covered with bits of chaff from their cell floors, stood uneasily. “Look at me,” said the king, potently. His voice echoed off the high pointed arch ceiling and gilded walls of the chamber. A guard coughed at the far end. “How long did it take you to arrive here from Badean?” asked King Jade. There was an awkward silence before finally the prisoner standing in the middle of the three, the one with a small face and big ears, began to stammer uncontrollably. A brawny Jadean guard came thundering behind the stuttering fool and pulled the man’s hair like it was a patch of unsightly weeds. The prisoner let out a terrified shriek. “Well?” asked the king. Given what was taking place and what was at stake, he was remarkably calm. “Two weeks, yer majesty!” yelled the man from his tippy toes in a high pitched and frantic squeal. The sturdy Jadean guard released the feeble messenger and he sank down into his usual slouch. The other two riders looked on dumbfounded. The king shook his head, amazed by the display of stupidity. “Two weeks…Okay, two weeks…gentlemen, you have two weeks to deliver this message to your queen…” King Jade motioned for one of his attendants, a young Jadean scribe, to present three scrolls wrapped in Jade colored ribbon to the prisoners. As they each received one, they stared down at it, perplexed. “You,” said King Jade as he snapped his finger
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