A loud noise echoed through the Sovereignty Castle as yet another rock came crashing into the walls. The noise was drowned out by those of soldiers manning the walls. The ballistas on the walls were actively firing at the besiegers, together with the archers on the walls. Commanding the defenders on the outer walls was the apostle of wrath, councilor Clark Orson himself.
"Magic archers, blow up that battering ram. Hurry up and get rid of those ladders. Not a single one of these fuckers can step foot on these walls" Clark shouted as he too ran about, overseeing the defense.
A few hours later, the besiegers fell back, as night began to fall. Injured soldiers were rushed into the castle infirmary to receive treatment, as debris from the trebuchets' strikes were cleaned off the wall. They had made it through yet another day under siege, losing only a few men this time. The Kodan too was beginning to see that the castle won't fall so easily. However, everything would change once Duke Siegfried's army arrived. All they had to do was drag things and weaken the order until then. The Sovereign Order, on the other hand, needed to overpower the besiegers and strike a decisive blow before Siegfried could take the field, or defeat would be the only guarantee for them.
"These guys are really getting carried away, aren't they?" Dauner spoke, from atop his throne. He was dressed in his usual casual black outfit, making it hard to imagine he was the man who held the title of Supreme Monarch of the Sovereign Order.
To his right were four of the seven councilors, namely, Ayana Alys Elleran of pride, Vershek Midas of greed, Otaen Axebraid of gluttony and Nika Semenovna of envy. To his left, were the remaining three councilors, namely, Clark Orson of wrath, Sophia Wright of sloth and Aizuki Sato of lust. They were in the middle of a discussion on how to handle the Kodan army that was at their gates.
"It's already been eight days into the siege, hasn't it?" Dauner continued.
"Yes, my lord" Aizuki answered. "The mercenaries from Alliria, the Reach and The Spine, will soon be arriving. Everything is going according to plan, so I believe we're ready to implement project Sovereignty" she finished.
"How goes the situation on the walls?"
"The soldiers still stand ready to defend the stronghold with a zeal. Morale has yet to take any hit whatsoever" Clark responded.
"Our spies report that he passed away from illness yesterday. It seems they have yet to discover he was poisoned" Otaen spoke up. "I must applaud your skills, my lord. This news must have hit them like raging bull" he laughed lightheartedly.
"Very well. With Siegfried dead, the reinforcements will be delayed. In the meantime, Clark, prepare a group of elites, and ride out under the cover of night. Take fire elementalists with you and burn down the enemy's siege engines, and their food stock. Ride back to the castle as soon as you're done, and do not engage unless you absolutely have to. The rest of you. You are to immediately begin preparations for the Sovereignty project, and the establishment of the sovereign domain"
At this, everyone got to their feet, clenched their right hands into fists and placed them over their hearts, while placing their left hands behind their back, and said in unison, "All hail the great monarch. May he rule in absolute sovereignty"
With that they all took their leave.