Prompt: Write a short story about a man who discovers a magical portal

Edmund had always been a little curious about the world beyond his small town. He had heard stories of great treasures hidden in faraway deserts, of raging battles taking place in far-off lands, and of fantastical creatures living in hidden forests. One day, Edmund found a strange portal in his backyard that led him to a different world. Here, Edmund discovered a kingdom of magicians, an empire ruled by a wizard whose power was unrivaled. Edmund quickly became a trusted advisor to the wizard and helped him to expand the empire. However, one day the wizard was kidnapped by a rival empire, and Edmund was forced to flee the kingdom. Now, years later, Edmund has returned to find his old friend has been assassinated and the empire is in chaos. Edmund must use all of his cunning and strength to restore order to the empire and protect his friends and allies from the wizard’s assassins.