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Danton turned to the man on his right.

“Ya think we’re gonna die?”

The man responded, “No.”

But he doubted that…

The order came. John charged, but his compatriots seemed too scared, and he came face to face with Sir Birch, a fearsome fighter. He quivered, but then went forth to face him.

Or, he was about to. Then, he heard Édouard.

“WAIT FOR ME, OI!!!”

He rushed forth, but as he was a coward, he only took up a supporting position. A regiment of infantrymen approached, but, before they all could do battle, a small voice spoke.

“Should we not bless our soldiers and pray for peace?”

The old cardinal, in his stature, was listened to. He went to Danton’s regiment, then to Édouard’s regiment, and blessed them. Then, another came and blessed the other army. Or he would have, if he wasn’t stuck behind another regiment. Then, he could finally move, and the battle began.

Danton struck down some men of the other army…

But Sir Birch charged.

Danton was the only one who survived, and he asked to all who would listen…

Why did they have to die?

NOTE:

There is a very imporant tag that would probably spoil the story.

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  • $\begingroup$ Could this be describing rot13(n purff tnzr?) It seems like rot13(gur anzrf/gvgyrf pbhyq gvr gb cvrprf (pneqvany = ovfubc, be Qnagba/Rqbhneq nf cnjaf va pbyhzaf Q naq R)) If so, maybe it describes rot13(n onq purff bcravat gung erfhygf va n dhvpx purpxzngr) $\endgroup$
    – Emnepho
    Jan 25, 2023 at 18:43

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This possibly in reference to a:

Bishop's Opening

Which is a:

Chess opening that can gain an surprising and unexpected advantage (likely at the sacrifice of a few pieces in the long run) which involves moving the bishop before the knights, passing "Blessing" a few pawns on the way toward the center of the board.

As stated on Wikipedia:

"The Bishop's Opening is one of the oldest openings to be analyzed; it was studied by Lucena and Ruy Lopez. Later it was played by Philidor. Larsen was one of the few grandmasters to play it often, after first using it at the 1964 Interzonal tournament. Although the Bishop's Opening is uncommon today, it has been used occasionally as a surprise by players such as Kasparov"

Some correlations:

The old cardinal, in his stature, was listened to. He went to Danton’s regiment, then to Édouard’s regiment, and blessed them.

"Danton" and "Édouard" are probably in reference to columns "d" and "e" on the chess bord, so Danton and Édouard's "regiments" are probably in reference to the pawns at "d" and "e" that the bishop must pass and "bless".

Then, another came and blessed the other army. Or he would have, if he wasn’t stuck behind another regiment.

This is probably in reference to the other Bishop that is suck behind the other pawns.

Then, he could finally move, and the battle began.

This seems to be a variation of the Bishop's Opening that involves moving both Bishops before any captures are made or "Battle".

Danton struck down some men of the other army…

The pawn at column "d" made a capture.

But Sir Birch charged.

"Sir Birch" is probably the Knight at column b: "Birch" for "b" and he is a "Sir" hence the "knight"

Danton was the only one who survived

In this scenario, the pawn that originated at column d was the only piece that advanced which was not not captured.

Now as for the question:

Why did they have to die?

The simple answer is "to win the game". There obviously many ways the Bishop's Opening may play out, but almost all of them involve sacrificing at least one pawn (but sometimes a few). It is a necessary sacrifice to gain the advantage and put the opponent in check, usually with the "Blessing" of the Bishop (the Bishop is used to put the King in check).

As for the Title:

The Seventh Seal

The Seventh Seal is a movie from 1957 in which "A knight returning to Sweden after the Crusades seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague." (IMDB)

And you probably guessed it:

The knight plays a Bishop's Opening.

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  • $\begingroup$ @parz you might want to use rot13 in your comment as a way to not spoil the answer $\endgroup$
    – GabrielH
    Jan 26, 2023 at 10:47
  • $\begingroup$ V’z fb fvyyl. Fbeel nobhg gung. Erzrzore, gur ovfubcf ner ubyl, gurl jba’g xvyy. $\endgroup$
    – user79541
    Jan 26, 2023 at 12:29
  • $\begingroup$ rot13(V'ir orra jbexvat ba vg bss naq ba fvapr lrfgreqnl, naq rirel gvzr V guvax V unir vg, V cynl vg bhg ba gur obneq naq vg qbrfa'g znxr frafr. V zhfg or zvffvat fbzrguvat, ohg V'yy xrrc jbexvat ba vg. Ner lbh rkcrpgvat vg gb yrnq gb n dhvpx Purpxzngr, be whfg gur bcravat zbirf?) $\endgroup$
    – Hawkeye
    Jan 26, 2023 at 17:35

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