Once in the days of king Amaltaire of O'THAN lived an old man named Adanus. This man was deformed and used to beg for alms at the roadside. He was once a rich merchant from the city of Nobea. Misery found him one day when his wife and three children were burnt to ashes together with their house. Adanus, in a bid to save his wife and children, caught fire and lost his right arm in the process. In just one day, a life of luxury turned to that of misery. He had to beg to survive and although that was the only way, he barely got enough. That was when he realized that life had a pot of luxury for the rich and a box of misery for the poor.
One summertime in O'than, king Amaltaire was ambushed by a group of hoodlums. His attackers were two times the number of his escorts and for that reason, king Amaltaire fell victim to massive arrows shots to the heart. His guards did their utmost and had him transported back to O'than. With an immediate process, a coronation of the young prince named, Imcenus was carried out before the dying monarch. Imcenus assumed the throne after his father's death.
His attitude was much acceptable to his father's. He improved the status and the situation of the citizens in the best ways he could. O'than was beginning to flourish under his rule and was rapidly transforming into an empire. The poor were taken care of and Imcenus made adequate provisions for all. However, Adanus was yet to be attended to. His condition made him feel unwanted and he resorted to staying at isolated areas. He felt deserted and betrayed by all, for during his days of wealth, he extended his benefits to all.
One year after the coronation of Imcenus, an army of 70,000 traveled from the kingdom of Thrucyda to invade O'than. Led by king Oedorrus and his generals, these hardened soldiers had subdued all that stood before them in a conquest that was taking them around the continent. Their army consisted of 25,000 cavalry and 45,000 infantry. Their battle formation was so unique that they seemed to be invincible. O'than was favoured though by being a city of high fortresses and walls. But six days later, the Thrucians attempted to break into the city. This time, their advances were not to be taken for granted by the O'thanian king.
He assembled all the army, but the number of soldiers with him was disheartening. A total count gave the result of just a 5000. Their strategy would be to attack from the city walls and fortresses. Supplications were made to the goddess, Omythia to assist them In this time of distress. On the tenth day after the siege, Imcenus took his army to the fronts, the fortresses. A battle of arrows ensued hours later, resulting in a great number of injuries and fatalities. But the O'thanians had won the battle from their fortresses.
Oedorrus went mad with rage. He could never meet defeat at the hands of the inferior O'thanians and for that, he was determined to make them pay dearly for such a challenge. He sent for his catapults, waiting at a conquered city. One week later, a total of 45 catapults were transported to their camp at the mountain. Quickly, Oedorrus activated his herds and catapults into work and six days later, O'than was attacked. An army of 1,500 was posted to fight back and defend the city at that moment. The soldiers fought hard and braved every effort made by the Thrucians, but later died to the last along with their commander when huge rocks landed at each post. The Thrucians continued their advance to the city gate and the O'thanians saw that their chances of survival were becoming lesser. An army of 2,600 was all that was left to stand against the Thrucians. Luckily for them, a Thrucian general was caught by the swaying arrows of an O'thanian soldier and had to be sent back to the camp.
Being the king's favourite, Oedorrus ordered his chiefs to call back the army to pay their last respect to the general. This was a great chance for the O'thanians to do something, on behalf of their treasured motherland. A priestess of Omythia summoned Imcenus and directed him to Adanus, proclaiming it to be the only solution to the distress. A thorough search was conducted for Adanus, but he was nowhere to be found. Then a little boy volunteered to get the old man to the king's court only if the king would agree to give up his personal horse for the poor old man.
Imcenus wasn't reluctant to consent. Before nightfall, Poor Adanus was present before the king.
"How he must have suffered," thought Imcenus.
Adanus wasn't unaware of the invasion but couldn't help because he wasn't in any condition to do so. As the king spoke to him and tactfully attempted to have him present a solution, Adanus was less disturbed. Then suddenly, Adanus agreed to locate his home and excavate a bunch of items. Imcenus supported him with 40 men to help him in the task. In the morning, while the Thrucians were observing the funeral of the deceased general, Adanus and his company took off to his home. He had no worries finding his collapsed edifice. He took the men to the place they were to start their digging and as they dug, the bones of his dear wife were exhumed from her mummified body.
Adanus wept silently as the once cherished memory came before him. After three hours of hard work, the men took out a stock of 75 bags and had them loaded into the wagon. Late in the afternoon, they entered the king's gate and emptied the wagon before his eyes. Adanus explained before everyone that the bags contained a large number of jars. They are filled with black sand, powder, mist and oil. If these substances come together, it causes explosion and wildfire. Adanus was given the time to put his inventory to work. He spent a day and a half putting the mists together, adding the powders and the sands, mixed the oils and finally sprinkled it on the jars. He sent for the king and gave directions on how to put the jars into use.
In the midnight, 40 soldiers were sent to pour the mixtures on the gate post. The soldiers made sure that their enemies' stand were all covered with the substances and spared no escape part for them. Following their return, the O'thanian citizens slept with hope, committing their welfare into the hands of their king and his host. In the morning, Imcenus assembled his army before the fortresses hoping for an invasion, but nothing happened. They waited till evening time but nothing happened. Their weather forecasters had indicated that the rain would fall in three days, urging the king and his chiefs to do all they could to trigger an attack.
"Should there be rainfall, O'than would fall for the mists would be washed away," warned Adanus.
On the second day, Imcenus sent 500 men on horse back to attack the Thrucians. The soldiers succeeded a little, but were all killed. Oedorrus, not realizing the mutiny behind such an attack prepared his host against the O'thanians. Imcenus mourned the loss of those brave soldiers. Such sacrifice was required for the sake of the kingdom. They lost all hope until nightfall, an O'thanian soldier warned of an approaching enemy force. Imcenus wasn't sleeping, he hastened to the call and had his army swiftly gathered to there posts.
Oedorrus was executing his vengeance with an army of 66,000, which means all his men. As if he knew, he stayed back with 10 of his royal guards and sent the rest to the fronts. With joy in their hearts, the O'thanian army lit their arrow points, waited for their enemies' to come in range and once they entered the death circle, the arrows were released. The next happening was a sight to see. The first arrows to hit the ground sow the destructive seed and received the others as a backup. The whole army were trapped in the wildfire. Non survived the inferno. Most were burnt to ashes and the rest were consumed beyond recognition.
Oedorrus ventured to escape but was shot dead by the little boy who had delivered Adanus. The boy had followed a track through the O'thanian little pass and had lurked behind the bushes. When the fire took place and the king tried to escape, he shot him with his sling. This victory was never forgotten in the history of O'than and her times of trial. Imcenus rewarded all that contributed heavily to their victory immeasurably. Adanus became the second chief in power and became rich, never to feel the scourges of misery anymore. He later raised more armies at the king's support and saw to the welfare of the citizens. The little lad whose name was later verified to be Alausse was taken to the king's palace where he was rewarded with the post of princehood. O'than continued to prosper under the rule of Imcenus and later series of the Imcenian dynasties.