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Mend the Bond

Over the past few weeks, if not more, there has been a lot of anger, depression, and chest beating going on around our beloved Arrowhead Pride. I was not immune to it, and often participated myself. Guilty as charged. Topics ranging from keeping or trading Albert, whom we should pick and why did we pick this guy, to Stanzi vs. Bray. We have talked often of questionable moves made by this new regime. With some people in complete support, and some in utter dislike for the moves. I am here to tell you all of a grand story that will help everyone remember the past, hopefully let other realize where they shouldn't be so quick to give trust, and why the others aren't so easy to go along with everything the front office does.

So just sit back, relax, and let me tell you a story children....

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A long time ago, in a not so distant land. There was a proud kingdom full of history, hope, and promise. But had been completely irrelevant for years to all the other kingdoms.

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An aging Emperor saw his once thriving kingdom withering away. He knew he couldn't get back to heights of what his kingdom once was, a kingdom he helped build, long ago. Before his reign was over he wanted to have his kingdom on top once more. So he set about replacing his longtime friend and current king...

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with a king from another country who he believed would bring about the rise of his kingdom once more.

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The Emperor allowed the former king to stay around in an advisory role. Soon after the new king wasted little time in bringing in a young, well respected general to lead his army against the other kingdoms.

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In a short amount of time the two built an army and kingdom to be proud of. The people rejoiced, were happy, and the kingdom grew and was made prosperous. Victory after victory started to pile up. The rest of the kingdoms took notice. They began to fear and respect the old kingdom again. But it was still unable to become the kingdom to rule all kingdoms. For years it went on like this. They won more battles then they had lost. But they always lost when they came so close. Eventually the king grew unhappy with his general. He didn't like that the general spent more time on the defensive then attacking the other kingdoms. A rift soon grew, and the general finally lost one to many times without reaching his goal. The king mercifully relieved the general of his duties. In a curious move by the king the general was supplanted by one of his lieutenants.

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A man known for strategic defense, which was far from what the king had hoped to find. The new general was not an offensive mind. A man who helped create the strong defensive unit that his predecessor was cast aside for. The king was aiming for more attacks, and promoted someone who only knows defensive tactics. The kingdom stood by and hoped the king knew what he was doing. After all he helped rebuild the kingdom to prominence. It didn't take too long though to find out the king had made a mistake. As the army grew weaker, and the kingdom started to slip back to irrelevance. The king once again was quick to replace the general with a new one before the current general was even aware of his release from his duties. The new general was someone who had been to the mountain top twice before.

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The new general was known for his attacks. They were some of the greatest attacks the world had ever seen. He had experience in losing the big battle when he was young, and earning ultimate victory when he was older. He was what the king had been looking for. Someone who could attack the others and dominate them so badly that their path to reign over all others would be easy. Only it wasn't. While this new general took some getting use to; their attack style became one of the most effective in all the lands. They truly were a site to see. The kingdom was proud once again of its army and the recognition. But while the attack became better, they lacked in their defending abilities. Eventually losing more battles then they had won. Even on their homelands. Then the general had become so tired from the battles, that he stepped down and wanted to be left alone to drink his wine and cry in peace. Despite the set back our king made a deal with one of the largest kingdoms for their general. They weren't to pleased with him anyway so it wasn't hard for them to see him go.

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The man was once a knight that helped our now former general to his first big battle. He was once a commander for our kings first general. It had seemed as if things had come full circle. Almost poetic for him to come back and bring the kingdom with him to restore its once former glory. The kingdom once again believed in its king, and what he was doing was right. Other kingdoms had it worse for longer than us. We held on while the new general slowly dismantled an aged and beaten army. He brought with him over time younger and more talented knights. It didn't produce results. None of the changes the king and general made helped. The losses grew and we quickly became a weak kingdom no longer feared. We were looked at as an easy victory even by other weak kingdoms. Our Emperor soon passed and darkness fell over the once thriving kingdom. The Emperor's son took over the kingdom and made a bold move. Once made by his father.

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He removed the family friend and king from his throne. The kingdom once again rejoiced and felt a weight lifted from the seemingly endless and unquestioned king's reign. The new Emperor took his time and scoured over all the lands. A prophet came to him from the land of the most lavished kingdom. Promising he knew how to build our kingdom into one just like the one he had left. The words and idea of it all sounded so good. So good in fact that our new Emperor named him our new king.

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He came in saying he knew how to rebuild this once mighty kingdom and its army. He told us all it would not be a quick fix, but don't worry he had it all under control. He then hired someone who was inexperienced, but had a well respected lineage to lead or newly rebuilt army.

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He wasn't much to look at, but we were all impressed by this new regime. So much so that even our Emperor decided to stay away. Why not? The new king came from the highest kingdom of all who helped build a true empire. And the new general had just helped lead an attack in another big battle. They even managed to make a treaty with that majestic kingdom for one of its knights. One who was going to help lead this new army to many victories in our future.

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It all sounded so good. The new regime really sounded like they knew how to get things done. They told us to trust them. They soon became non-descriptive and secretive. It was unusual, but after a brief struggle we were able to take the whole world by surprise and claim several victories. The kingdom was in shock as well. We thought finally we would be able to raise our heads high and be one of the big kingdoms again. Perhaps soon we would take the whole world by storm and rule over the kingdoms. We believed in what the king and general were telling us. This new way of doing things is paying off. Only that wasn't the case. Our general, with all his flaws, saw through the facade that was our supposed return to prominence. He was not happy with how things were being run by our king. And was not happy with the lack of ability this new knight was showing. Word spread that a split between the general and king was close. After under performing in several key battles, with questionable decisions being made our general was ousted in the middle of a campaign. One of his lieutenants would carry the torch till they could decide how to proceed with the kingdom.

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He rallied the troops and won an improbable victory against an undefeated foe. Seeing how the troops responded it became clear to our king that his old friend would be our permanent general. It seemed so simple. We all thought it was just the old general's ego that turned a once ripe fruit sour. We replenished the ranks with talent and possibilities. The news quickly made its way around that we were on the rise. We were expected to make a run for the ultimate glory. Hope bloomed, and pride rang out over the land. It seemed as though the dark clouds hanging over us would soon be gone. We were completely and utterly wrong. Defeat after defeat we were met with, and disdain and vitriol grew. When the appointed knight fell some of the kingdom were happy. Then the army fell separate from its people. We saw through the false prophet that was our king. We saw the questionable decisions that were made were all bad. We grew weary of the same lack of leadership and production from the same knight. As this hatred and anger grew we rose up from the shadows we were put in by our false king. We became restless and demanded change. We flew flags calling for the removal of the king. We dressed in black to mourn the loss of our once great kingdom. The noise created such a rumble that our absent Emperor awoke from his slumber at his southern retreat.

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He looked over the kingdom and was stunned by what had happened to his once great land. He had heard the cries of the people, and quickly removed the general who was clearly incapable of leading an effective charge. It didn't take long for our Emperor to replace him with someone who had consistently always been in the fight to get to the big battle.

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Attention was soon turned to the king. He was offered a choice. Work with this new general on making decisions about this team or flea from our kingdom. The false prophet rejected the notion of sharing control. He fled the kingdom. Word is that he is now entertaining crowds as a jester.

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With the throne without a king the Emperor set out to find someone who could work with the new general to restore the once great kingdom. To restore it to what it once was. What he thought he set out to do years ago. He found someone who had worked with the general before. Someone who had learned under well known kings before. Someone who had married a girl from this land and dreamed of being our king before.

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Now once again we are left with a new regime. An active regime. One that has been making questionable decisions. Some were for them, and some against them. One that is saying their own words that we are meant to trust in and believe. Some have blindly hailed them as infallible. Others as just another seat filler spouting their own philosophy. Expecting us to buy in. They all say they have heard of our history, and how great we as a kingdom are. At this stage to most it felt like pandering. But they were new so a chance should be given. But the divide between the people themselves, and the king and the people had grown so wide. The bond between the kingdom and its king had broken. For some it will take a lot to mend it. For others just a good showing on the battle field. Time is really the only thing that will mend the bond between us. If they fail then our apprehensive approach wont have left us deeply scarred from the let down. If they succeed then all will be well. But it will take time to mend...AND results.

Sorry for the long winded post kids. Haven't posted one in awhile, and just felt the need to do something different. Hope you enjoyed it. If not, then well whoopty-doo good for you.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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