Stolin was found standing outside the courtyard of the Emperor’s House waiting for Chisoutsa and Lucas to arrive to take them to see the Emperor. The courtyard was filled of bright flowers and a silver pavement that led to the front doors. A number of statues stood of past Emperors and leaders of Soclice. He started to pace around the courtyard nervous as the pair arrived and Lucas eyed off the courtyard.

“I remembered Chisoutsa that Allegheri had been here a number of time to help serve past Emperors in quests. He was also here for the angels as well when they helped build the sections,” Lucas explained to her.

“There’s some rich history alright.” She answered him.

Stolin greeted the pair and was shaky in his voice. He was nervous about what reaction the Emperor would give to the pair.

“We are all here, Kalund is inside so we will do this now.” Stolin said to the two of them.

The three walked along the courtyard up to the front doors as two guards opened them for them and they entered. A golden throne and bright candles lined the sides of the massive room. Twenty guards were around the Emperor with spears watching Chisoutsa and Lucas like a hawk. Kalund stood to the left of their leader and smiled towards his friends and Chisoutsa and Lucas.

“My dear Emperor we have two special guests one is the young wizard Lucas Walken, student of Frithdar and closest friend of Allegheri the Great Vampire. We also have Chisoutsa Walken the savior of The City of Demon and the women who defeated the Lust Vampire in the lands of the bloodlust. They have come to see you and this mighty land of ours,” Stolin said to the Emperor.

“I know of your works, the two of you,” the Emperor answered with a cold voice.

“I’m a savior, did you hear that?” Chisoutsa whispered with a wink to Lucas.

“Thank you dear Emperor, we are pleased to see this amazing place. I like to ask you a couple questions,” Lucas asked him.

Stolin’s eyes lit up worried about what he could ask. The Emperor’s appearance was in a golden robe with a staff to his right. It was a bronzed built staff with designs of a dragon around it. Thou no one in the room knew what it did it was suggested it was a cane for the Emperor.

“Go on,” the Emperor answered.

“Your latest decisions on the army seem unreasonable. Why are you expanding your armies so much? Answer me!” cried Lucas.

Chisoutsa was surprised by his tone and the guards moved their spears towards the pair. The Emperor rose from his seat and walked down to the young wizard. As he was walking towards him, Lucas had a whisper in his ear but from no one he could see in the room, “Can someone hear me, can you? He has you in his sights!”

Lucas turned around confused but than focused on the Emperor, “My decisions are not up for question. I am the voice that speaks and will never be questioned. Leave at once!” he shouted at them.

The guards jumped into action and moved their spears and small axes towards Chisoutsa and Lucas. Lucas help up his arm and a green growing shield covered Chisoutsa as he moved towards the Emperor, he grabbed a small knife from his pocket and slashed the Emperor’s arm. The spears broke the magic green shield over Chisoutsa and she quickly grabbed a axe from one of the guards and started attacking them all. Lucas than picked out a test tube from his pocket and filled it with the Emperor. Stolin and Kalund appeared in shock unmoved by the event taking before. Chisoutsa spanned around a number of emperor guards and slashing their stomachs open as Lucas grabbed her by the arm and shot a fireball towards the remaining guards.  The pair escaped into the courtyard where more guards appeared. Chisoutsa and Lucas were trapped and Lucas tossed his head in disappointment.

“Stuff it!” he cried and waved his arm in the sky and the two disappeared on the spot in a spark of lightening. The guards stood around the area confused as hell and the Emperor turned on Kalund and Stolin.

“You two are to blame for this are you,” he shouted towards them.

“We are concerned for your health dear Emperor. We don’t know what happened here.” Kalund cried to his leader.

“Arrest them for crimes against the Emperor. They are plotting against me!” he shouted at the pair. The guards surrounded the pair and their hands were tied. Stolin shook in fear, “What have we done?” he said to his friend.

The Emperor turned towards his guards with a fire his eyes. He walked up and grabbed his staff. He waved it over the entire group in the throne room.

“Send the armies to seize these two people. I can’t afford to let Chisoutsa escape. She has caused much trouble in the past with people. And that dirty wizard brother of hers will burn for his crime against myself. Go now!” he shouted.

Away from the rush of army guards storming the court yards, Chisoutsa and Lucas reappeared at the deserted building that Kalund told Lucas in his written notes to him.  Lucas fell to the ground as Chisoutsa helped him up, “First, are you ok. Second, what the fuck was that. I expect me to do dumb wild shit like and not you.” Chisoutsa snapped at her brother.

“I had to do it. We are here to check his health. He would never allow someone to take his blood and now we can find out nice and quickly. Besides, did you look at him. He was always going to throw us out for some reason. I will send his blood sample to Alan Richards and he will report back in the next day or two. For now I guess we need to stay away from the army.” Lucas said.

Chisoutsa toss her head and looked at the dusty desks and broken weapons inside the deserted building. She tried to remember if she did see the Emperor in the eye but maybe she said to herself she didn’t.

“Did you hear any voices in the throne room before the Emperor answered my question? Like a whisper or something in your ear?” Lucas asked Chisoutsa.

“No, no voices that I heard of.” Chisoutsa answered.

“It was a voice asking me if I could hear him. I’ve never had that before. You noticed any strange activity while you have been here?”

Chisoutsa dusted off one of the old desks and saw ripped papers of books. She read a page that was speaking about the former Emperor over fifty years ago, “Come to think of it, I remembered when I looked at a photo of the Emperor I felt dizzy and that my eyes had turned red. That hasn’t happened since the early days when my demon desires were controlling me. I can’t think that the Emperor could have done that.”

“Whatever it is I have been send off the blood sample to Alan and if something comes back than maybe the council can use its special laws to dump the Emperor and replace him.

Chisoutsa and Lucas sat around the deserted building like hunted rats unable to do much. The entire army was after them and they had little choice but to stay put.