Zey’na said “I will purge all memories of the defeat from our soldiers. They will think our master has ascended rather than been destroyed.”
Neliff the Orthodox said, "A waste of time and effort. The Quall N’drone hordes know we have claimed this planet. They know Neliff the Radical controls much of the Colonies and Neliff the Orthodox control the rest.
And they know the Neliff are hidden here.
They will come in force. As they do already to the far continent. They will consume every host on this planet, and purge all knowledge of the Warmonger as they did at the end of the K’ias Wars.
Ten thousand years from now, and only a few myths about Sir Stout the Warmonger, a Rogue Quall HiveLord, will remain. And all knowledge of the Ancient Evils will be hidden again.
Zey’na Mindspike you would be better served helping to hide our allies from the Uth Seers."
Grizool Grizane interrupted, “Lord Pelos does not care for Warmonger now that Warmonger is dead. My master cares about power, and punishing Lord Azrael.”
“Drawing Azrael’s Uth and Pelebor down will quickly extinguish the light of my civilization,” said Unixah, “So if you must battle them, do so far from the Glacial Wastes. Find a place they desire, and make it happen there.”
“I know of just the place,” agreed Wayward Lens, “The ancient ones built a Flesh Weaving Factory, a place called the Tomb Factory of Holys. A battle for that location could be just the call to arms that would draw Lord Azrael to his doom.”
Neliff the Orthodox gave a most unsettling smile, “Lord Azrael will be the first, but not the last. Let us slay everyone of the Ascended Beings who think they are now safe with Warmonger’s destruction. Especially the Quall HiveQueens.”
Unixah saw how the driving curse of Warmonger still pushed his minions. She rose from the table and said, “I will not take part in any battle against the Uthvelor or the Pelebor. My kingdom is too small and too new, with too many enemies already surrounding us for me to pick fights with new ones.”
“Then take Tiordane and the rest of the Illuminated who betrayed Warmonger as your slaves, and build up your kingdom, Queen Unixah,” said Neliff the Orthodox, “Neliff the orthodox will lead this cadre against the Ascended Beings while you tend to your kingdom. But one day, Neliff the Orthodox will come with the remains of Warmonger’s army, Queen Unixah, and Neliff will expect your alliance…or we will take your people as our hosts.”
“I understand this, Great Neliff,” agreed Queen Unixah.
Hours later, Queen Unixah was aboard a wooden sloop on its way across the icy seas. Trussed up next to her was Tiordane, the Illuminated hero looking tormented and tortured.
“Why did you not have me executed?” whispered Tiordane.
“Because while that entire council could see nothing but War, you saw the truth that was obscured,” Queen Unixah said, “I may no longer serve the Warmonger, but I have an army and a kingdom that requires my rule. And you will help me make sure they are not wasted by another arrogant tyrant like Sir Stout.”
Tiordane sighed, “I don’t know if I can help you Unixah. You are a tyrant…”
“My people can choose to slave to the Warmonger Cult, or they could slave to Boriel I’tash. I will choose a different path,” said Queen Unixah, “And if I must carve that path by sword I will do so.”