For Love Of A Queen

By Poni

I sing a song of Ephiny. A Warrior Queen, brave and true.
I sing a song of this Amazon, the woman that I knew.
My mind drifts back to a time long ago......
A time when life was simpler.... A time of love and friends.
All my life, I remember her being there. Ephiny was my playmate, she was my dearest friend. We grew together, trained together, dreamed of what our futures would hold. Never could I have ever fathomed the path we would travel together.......

We became Amazon warriors. I was driven to be the best. Always fighting, always striving, my warrior spirit ever leading.  I quickly rose through the ranks. My knowledge and expertise of weapons brought me the title of Weapons Master. The Amazons were mine to command, as our Queen saw fit.

Ephiny found herself amidst the Royal Guard, and in this was content. We spent much of our time together, keeping things running smoothly, protecting the Nation from attack. Then one day, I looked at her and found someone different......
It happened so simply, and yet I don't really know how.  It was just an ordinary day.  We were walking through the village.  She touched my arm, looked in my eyes, and for the first and only time in my life, my heart was gone......
I shook my head and wondered as we parted just what had happened? I felt a tender love embracing my heart for Ephiny,  one I had never known before. I tried for the next few weeks to explain it away. But it haunted my every waking moment, just as she now haunted my every dream.......

As the depth of my emotion overtook my heart, I knew I must speak of it to her. The love I held inside, the dream of her and me, the desire that wracked my soul and body.  And just when I determined to make her mine, there stood Phantes.  I looked in my best friends eyes, and for the first time saw the love I wanted to be mine, burn for another.......


And in that moment, I knew what I must do.......
When she told me of their upcoming marriage, I saw the joy in her eyes, and I smiled. Though my heart was dying within me, I congratulated her, and walked away. I walked away in more ways than one.......
I was a soul no longer with direction. I had lost my sun. I'm afraid it was not a pleasant time for me. I wandered aimlessly, seeking refuge from the pain.  I knew I could not live seeing what I could never have, so I walked away from her, our tribe, but worst of all from myself, the person I was.

I heard of Phantes' death, and my heart broke for my Ephiny. Funny thing, in my heart she always remained "My Ephiny".  But warrior's pride can be a funny thing. It would not allow me to return to her. 'Til one day, I awoke in a place having no idea how I got there and why I was there. And as I crashed to my bottom, I knew I must return. Home.....


So I began my journey. I knew Ephiny had returned years ago, and now ruled in Gabrielle's place. I determined to return and to be her friend.  As I approached Amazon land, I held up my hands in the sign of peace. The guards escorted me to the village, one running ahead to announce my arrival.

As I entered the village, I saw her standing there, the Queen I never knew, in all her regal glory. At the sight of her, I felt like my heart stopped. All that was before, returned to my heart in a rush.  But I reminded myself that she would never be mine.


I approached her slowly, her back turned to me, and said softly "Hello, my friend."

She turned to me smiling and said "Finally, you return to me." And in her eyes, I saw all I never thought I could know or hold. And as she reached up and touched her lips to mine, I knew I had finally and truly found my way home.

Poems by Poni

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