As long as a male from my bloodline is the warlord of Tiyan, the kingdom will never fall to its enemies, and we will use the demon's magic for the good of all people.
The gods have long favored my line with male heirs - -we have never had this female warlord as an heir.
"This is where the scouts were seen yesterday," Rissa, tenth Warlord of Tiyan, murmured as she calculated the distance between the city and her destination.
I will take the magic waters to them and send word that the Warlord of Tiyan is confident in our triumph over the enemy.
There were no signs of famine or diseases that oft struck Landis, no fights in the streets for a higher position in the warlord-king's court or among his chosen men, no brawls over who would mate with a woman of age.
Does not the Warlord of Tiyan deserve to walk as the rest of his people do?
Surprised to find a female Tiyan Warlord? she asked archly.
He suspected there was much more to Tiyan and its enticing warlord that he had yet to discover.
"We serve Sirian at Rissa's command, though there are some in the kingdom who do not think the Warlord should be a woman," Allin clarified with a faint smile.
The Warlord cured his wife and daughter of illness when Sirian refused them entry.
"There is not a family in our walls the Warlord has not helped," Lean added, calming.
As long as one from her clan is the Warlord, the Springs will continue to heal.
There are some who say a female Warlord will bring a curse upon us, but we don't believe this, he added.
It was only when his anger calmed that he realized what the warlord of Tiyan was trying to do.
She knew the rumors that spoke of the Warlord being cursed.
Sirian sat at the head of the long table, graciously accepting the warlord's normal seat while the warlord risked her life to return to her people.
The Warlord has been captured!
A warrior wants to die in battle for his Warlord and kin.
Show them what they miss, or let them play with her before you take her to your warlord, the warlord stated.
I know the warlord of Tiyan wants nothing to do with a slave, but it will not take them long to learn who you are.
Memon wanted Tiyan on its knees, and the warlord of Tiyan owed him one oath, the gift of his choice.
If he could fool Memon into believing him loyal, and the warlord of Tiyan into giving him her armies, he would have his revenge.
Memon did not yet have the men for an onslaught on Tiyan, but he might succeed in swaying their allies if the warlord was dead.
He didn't know how the warlord survived as long as she had.
The warlord is gone.
I know a warlord will never mate with a slave of Landis.
"You cannot be a true warlord of Tiyan," she said and strained again.
The warlord was pale, her eyes faded and lined with dark circles.
He silently cursed the warlord of Tiyan for drugging him and couldn't help but feel surprised she hadn't straight out killed him.
He was the first man to stand behind her ten years earlier when the title of Tiyan's warlord fell to her, when several elders in the kingdom objected to the title falling to a woman.
The wall warlord had set up a small table in the mouth of an alley between two buildings and was surrounded by several men.
I found the histories written by the first warlord of Tiyan and his brother.
Every warlord has kept the kingdom's histories.
Maybe a female warlord will end the curse?
My father isn't a fool, warlord, and he'll suspect me of worse than he does now.
Your warlord would tell you that Tiyan's survival outweighs everything.
The warlord Taran invites you into Tiyan's walls in three days' time for a feast.
Rissa was destined to be the last warlord of Tiyan.
Maybe. Or maybe the first warlord and his brother didn't want their people to suffer as they did overseas.
If I lose the kingdom and the warlord, it won't be to men like you or Memon.
Rissa, last warlord of Tiyan.
Taran shivered at the mention, not wanting to imagine the strong warlord of Tiyan broken by the catacombs.
"That's no way to talk to the warlord of Tiyan, lady," he said, strangely calm.
I know if I am too weak to destroy it, it will kill them both when it tries to take her, for no female is meant to be the Warlord of Tiyan.
For once, the warlord of Tiyan didn't have the upper hand!
Tonight, I take the warlord of Tiyan as my mate.
"The warlord of Tiyan is gone," Memon said, rising.
He dropped the unconscious warlord and shoved the black creature into his mouth.
Though he knew he should stay and perform his role as warlord, no part of him was willing.
For all his sacrifice and devotion to one foolish Tiyan Warlord after another, he had nothing.