Chapter Four
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In the earliest days of her childhood, Mara longed to be free of her responsibilities- an independent woman sprouting from the wayward and unruly youth. Instead, she was weighed down with rules and etiquette, battle strategies and revenge. As she rose through the ranks, beating out rivals for benefits and privileges, she became proud of her abilities and demanded respect. Slowly, she grew distant from the child who wished to be one with the earth and all things in it. Her life revolved around power, loyalty and fear. It was reflection on these things that had led her to the story of the chosen and the epiphany. Who would dare dispute her if she were the one to bring the chosen into submission or to their death?

            Mara laughed quietly to herself, ju...

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