People watched how the herald walked slowly to the main square of the village. In his right hand he held a parchment with a big wax seal with a coat of arms on it, which meant very important news came from the capital.
Once he was exactly at the center, he broke the seal and slowly unrolled the scroll. The villagers were waiting in anticipation.
"The senator has spoken!" he screamed. "A new war is approaching the Empire. Make your warehouse and granaries full as never before. Run fast, spread the word to all nearby villages. The battle is coming again! It won't last long, as it will be the most cruel war the Empire has ever faced! Be prepared." He exhaled.
The crowd didn't move until a child's voice broke the tense silence: "Mom, what are we going to do?"
And you? What would you do?
Do you have what it takes to fight this battle?