The Death of Mars - A weak smile parts the bloodstained...

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A weak smile parts the bloodstained face. The crevices and creases that crisscross the mans face deepen, creating gullies and gulches. The blood flows down them like rivers over a world of one. It was a good fight, but in the end he had managed to strike his opponent down. He looks down at the man he has slain, kneels quietly and gently turns him over. The body is that of a boy, his face dotted with scraggly facial hair and dirt. The man sighs, he was a boy like that once, his heart filled with fire, his mind filled with images of glory and riches. He used to run into battle roaring his defiance to the Gods, he used to think that conquest and death would bring him fame and happiness. Now his spear has more notches than he can count, and his sword bears as many scars as he does. Now he goes to war thinking
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Unformatted text preview: of his wife, and his children. He kills to defend them, to keep them safe. The flames of youth have left him, he will tell no stories of today. He slowly closes the boy's eyes and sheathes his sword. Without warning a spear slams into his back, piercing his heart and killing him instantly. A young man rushes over and after pulling at the weapon for several minutes manages to rip the spear violently from the mans back. Afterward, he begins to search his pockets for any valuables, stripping the man naked and searching every inch of him. Finding nothing, he takes the man's spear as a sign of his victory. With the token of his valor in hand he strides confidently to his encampment. He will tell stories of his courage and strength in battle, today the glory is his....
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  • Spring '11
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  • Facial hair, weak smile parts, scraggly facial hair

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