Thursday, October 29, 2009

Chapter 20: Flashback

In previous Chapter 19: Two Days From Bebara, the advance of the Imperial Army was recounted. Its mission: to recapture the village of Bebara and thereafter defeat and/or push the inscrutable foe back into Surajistan. The following recounts the earlier loss of Bebara - the reason for the march of the Army. The story begins with fugitives from Bebara. Photos will fill your screens by clicking on them. And now....

On 10 September 1899/2009 the Rajah of Bebara arrived at Outpost #3. See Chapter 18.

Lieutenant Bracegirdle inquired about the visit. The Rajah revealed his sad story....

"During the month you name August, I was called to the top of my palace because...."

"An unexpected host appeared in the distance."

"I sent my trusted standard bearer to make inquiries even as the host continued coming forward in great, greater and even greater numbers toward Bebara."

"An officer came forward named KHAN, a giant man on a very large stallion.

"My officer asked, The Rajah of Bebara humbly inquires how his poor village might be of service."

"KHAN only said, Your Rajah will depart Bebara within two hours taking his family, palace staff, you, supplies and a few guards. Resistance is impossible -- as you can see."

"Words of protest were futile because...."

"KHAN'S host never ceased its forward movement. My officer departed to return to me."

"On they came, never hesitating, never faltering, never stopping...footmen, horsemen and canons."

"In even greater numbers they flooded the plain. My meagre guards, half armed with ancient matchlocks, swords and only a few rifles could not resist."

"And so I mounted my elephant to meet KHAN saying...."

"By what authority do you desire me to abandon my village to you."

KHAN: "By the authority you see and by command of our Supreme Leader Muljadhe. You now have only one hour to depart as explained before and save your village."

"My wife and chief counselor awaited my return."

"My few swordsmen and some villagers attended me. Within the hour we departed Bebara."

Closing Remarks:

1. The next chapter (#21) will restore contemporary story time.

2. Return to see the Imperial Army closing on Bebara

3. Muljadhi, himself, may also appear.

4. Natives in grey and civilians fleeing to Outpost #3 were professionally painted by Reinforcements By Post.

5. Remarks welcome below. Click on comments. Thank you.



Bluebear Jeff said...

If you look at the sky behind the Khan's Host, it appears to be smoke . . . possibly from towns and villages whose rulers were less sensible than Bebara's rajah.

Bill, you are exploring the medium of the "graphic novel" with wonderful photos . . . great stuff, sir.

-- Jeff

Fitz-Badger said...

An excellent pictorial! My compliments to the artist!

Der Alte Fritz said...

I'm surprised that Khan did not massacre the whole town. They were lucky.

Mad Carew said...

Fantastic. Love the building with the veranda

ColCampbell50 said...


Wonderful story. I look forward to the continuations in the future.


Ross Mac said...

That is an impressive host of horsemen Bill, not to mention the whole. Marvelous entertainment as usual. Thank you,

Kelroy Was Here said...

Absolutely cracking stuff, sir! Once again you set the bar very high indeed, to which I hope to aspire someday. I've got some building / painting to do! You've got more trees in one photo than I do in my whole collection. :)

Also, it's obvious that Khan is a man of sublime intelligence and reason, for not destroying the village. At least, that's what I'll tell him when he comes for my town....


l'Comte de Artois said...

Good Show!!!

Deano said...


Did you use any tables to determine the success or failure of the standard bearer's meeting with the Khan?

Duncan in Berlin said...

Great Site Bill...I love the whole idea!

Now I have to build myself a troop of Bengal Lancers.

All the very best