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Josephine Dezantro

"I pray there is a purpose for me in this world."

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a character in “Assassin's Pledge: Awakening”, as played by KumoriRyuu

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Josephine Dezantro




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Age: 20
Sex: Female
Height: 5’ 8”
Weight: 135 lbs
Voice Example: Josephine

Basic Personality: Josephine Dezantro is proud, confident, stubborn, and somewhat opinionated. However, when one can look past her stubborn and opinionated views, they’ll see a deeply troubled, shy, and insecure young woman who is searching for answers. She can be somewhat childish when she doesn’t get her way, though she is making efforts to overcome that habit. She’s not incredibly trusting. And even when her trust is earned there’s always this one inescapable barrier preventing her from truly expressing herself. Her temper is quick to flare, but even so she operates with a calm, honorable mindset, never letting her emotions run rampant no matter how strongly they may burn within her heart.

Basic Background: Josephine Dezantro was born twenty summers ago to a wealthy family in Triveila. Her parents were the landowners upon whose property numerous farmers and ranchers ran their businesses. As such they were never strapped for money, and Josephine grew up with anything and everything she wanted… Except friends. Despite her loneliness, she grew up relatively happy until she turned 12 and began learning self defense and swordplay. The sword literally changed her life, and not necessarily for the better. Due to a family tragedy when she was 13, Josephine left home forever and began wandering the world searching for purpose and a life worth living. She has become a seasoned wandering warrior and bears numerous scars because of it. Starting very young in this business they were bound to happen, and each tells a story of the life of a girl who still doesn’t know what she wants or needs in life…

So begins...

Josephine Dezantro's Story

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Character Portrait: Kyero Character Portrait: Linde Xe' Almna Character Portrait: Lonán Arzura Character Portrait: Korriban "Aetrius" Borral Character Portrait: Josephine Dezantro Character Portrait: Kieran Borral
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Josephine waited for her friends to all ride up with her past the gate, and as they all drew in closer Aetrius asked her who she was. Josephine's smile, since they were still within sight of the guards, remained though her tone of voice fell off as she spoke calmly and quietly.

”I am exactly who said I was, miss Aetrius. My name is Josephine, of House Dezantro.”

She looked ahead to the road as her eyelids became heavier and her shoulders slumped ever so slightly.

”And I am... To become the next Princess of Triveila.”

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Character Portrait: Kyero Character Portrait: Linde Xe' Almna Character Portrait: Lonán Arzura Character Portrait: Korriban "Aetrius" Borral Character Portrait: Josephine Dezantro Character Portrait: Kieran Borral
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Lonán pulled Hawk to a stop as he looked to Josephine to answer the question Aetrius gave her. But when the answer was given, whilst the blush remained on his cheeks, the rest of his face turned stark pale, paler then his face usually is.

”Triveila’s Princess....? She’s the next princess of Triveila...Oh my Heresta, I keep falling for Nobles, what exactly do you have planned for me Goddess of Battle?!” He thought in an almost panicked like state, before he Mentally slapped himself. ”Okay calm down Lonán, calm down. Maybe there’s an explanation for her becoming the next princess. Maybe if I play my cards right-”

Hawk whinnied a bit to get his mind back to reality. Lonán heaved a small sigh from the mental stress he felt. The revelation made him flustered. All week he’s been trying to cheer up a Princess!! How many members of his Clan have that known about them?! He definitely wanted to know what Josephine’s business was now that he knew!

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Character Portrait: Kyero Character Portrait: Linde Xe' Almna Character Portrait: Lonán Arzura Character Portrait: Korriban "Aetrius" Borral Character Portrait: Josephine Dezantro Character Portrait: Kieran Borral
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Aetrius and both Kieran pulled back on the reins and almost fell off both their steeds at the same time as those words left Josephine's lips. She, she was a princess? Or at least a princess next in line? Their jaws dropped at the revelation of her true identity. Aetrius then shook her head and got caught up to Josephine once more and with an immensely embarrassing look on her face she spoke to Josephine, while looking away, "S-so, let me get this correct...You...You...You're next in line to be a Princess? And you didn't tell us? M-may I ask why?" she stuttered out. Aetrius had theories of who Josephine was, she seemed more than just a warrior, or even a noble woman, but a princess? That was a first for the young bounty hunter.

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Character Portrait: Kyero Character Portrait: Linde Xe' Almna Character Portrait: Lonán Arzura Character Portrait: Korriban "Aetrius" Borral Character Portrait: Josephine Dezantro Character Portrait: Kieran Borral
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Josephine looked to Aetrius.

"... I promise I will reveal the reason why... But... Later. Right now, let's please see ourselves to safety. We're not entirely safe here just yet despite the pleasantries we just enjoyed with the guards."

She rode forward, the others in toe, and that evening they sat around a campfire while not one, but two revelations were come to:

1) Josephine was a phenomenal cook who prepared a small feast using nothing but the humble ingredients they had in their supply bags and from the surrounding area.

2) ... She was a princess.

Josephine, with her plate in her lap, looked at everyone who all sat across from her. Her eyes were heavy and filled with a sense of emptiness. But despite this, her eyes had a subtle burning flame within them.

"House Dezantro." She began quietly.

"Dezantro was once not but a humble fisherman's name. During the time of my great grandfather, it became a household name when he fished a massive pearl from the mouth of a giant clam while on a boating trip in the Northern Sea and sold it to the Royal Family in exchange for twenty thousand gold, the largest exchange of money for a single item in Triveila's history. From there, our family fortune continued to grow into the time of my grandfather and my father after him. During the time of my father as the head of the family, our relationship with the Royal Family grew quite close. So much so that I became acquainted with the most recent Queen before she ascended the throne. We grew up as friends, and..."

She slowly looked up towards the others. Her eyes now devoid of the fire they once held.

"If you know about Triveila's current state... She was assassinated one year and six months ago."

She looked down at the camp fire.

"She was like a sister to me. She was always so kind and even tempered. So benign and compassionate for her people. That anyone would wish her life to end is... Borderline blasphemy to our culture."

The fire in her eyes began to slowly return as she looked back up at them.

"Her assassin made the mistake of taking her life in front of me during one of my visits, and I saw his face before he could make his escape. I tracked him to Veilbrand and exacted my revenge, but not before learning of the identity of the one who hired him."

She took a sip of tea.

"It's a name I'm certain you've all at least heard before... Borathian Miils, the Royal Advisor to the Royal Family of Triveila."

She took another sip and set her tea down.

"Miils knows that his identity has been leaked. And I heard from a family friend who's been keeping an eye on things for me that Miils plans to abdicate his position and leave Triveila within the next four days... Hence my haste to return."

She glared up at everyone with a fierce determination set in her face.

"I will make it back to Triveila's capital within the next two days... And I will take his life before he can flee." She said through grit teeth.

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Character Portrait: Kyero Character Portrait: Linde Xe' Almna Character Portrait: Lonán Arzura Character Portrait: Korriban "Aetrius" Borral Character Portrait: Josephine Dezantro Character Portrait: Kieran Borral
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As they eventually sat up camp and began to eat dinner around the fire, one that Josephine herself prepared. They were all sitting around the fire, enjoying their meal and making small talk when Josephine began to speak, Aetrius putting down her plate and clasping her hands in front of her, listening intently as she spoke. Of who she was, who her family and clan were, where she came from, what her family name meant, and how just recently someone important was lost, as well as someone she was rather close to.

Aetrius sat silently as she studied each and every muscle in Josephine's face and body, taking notes of her body language and muscle movement, memorizing everything about her. Taking mental notes for anything in the future. But as she eventually came to an end, Aetrius nodded silently, and after a few minutes she silently stood up and gave Josephine the Saharan salute and spoke softly, "I will gladly take up arms for you, princess. It would be an honor to fight by your side one day." she said as she came up from her bow and gave Josephine one more nod.

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Character Portrait: Kyero Character Portrait: Linde Xe' Almna Character Portrait: Lonán Arzura Character Portrait: Korriban "Aetrius" Borral Character Portrait: Josephine Dezantro Character Portrait: Kieran Borral
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Lonán ate at the meal as he listened to Josephine's tale. He marveled at her House's history and her friendship to the Queen of Triveila. He had heard what had happened fhe year before, as the assassination sparked international news like a wildfire. He set his plate down as he listened to Aetrius' declaration, Eyes blazing like Dragon Amber in the firelight.

"I too, extend my sword and service. In Heresta's name and by the Honor of My Clan, I swear to help you in your endeavor, Lady Dezantro." he declared, speaking from both his heart and his head. The former pounded like a hammer at his own words, whilst the latter began to mentally yell at him asking "What are you doing?!"

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Character Portrait: Kyero Character Portrait: Linde Xe' Almna Character Portrait: Lonán Arzura Character Portrait: Korriban "Aetrius" Borral Character Portrait: Josephine Dezantro Character Portrait: Kieran Borral
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Josephine closed her eyes and dipped her chin slightly with a smile. But, much to their surprise, she shook her head.

”I appreciate greatly your offer to fight for me. But this battle is mine alone. Not a sword need be raised... At least not by you.” She said as she opened her eyes.

”Borathian Miils, Advisor to the Royal Family, is a snake and a coward. The hardest part will be chasing him down and backing him into a corner to face the justice he deserves. But you all need not risk your lives for it. I have friends and allies in the city already at work assisting me in preparing him for his demise.”

Suddenly, behind her, a dark figure appeared dimly lit by the fire light.

But thankfully it was just Kyero, his red eyes shining through the darkness.

”Might I offer some advice?”

Josephine started, turning around quickly in her seat.

”Sir Kyero. Please don't sneak up on me like that!”

Kyero walked around and stood beside Linde and the others.

”Your family name is closely tied to the former Queen. Her death is already a potent motive known to many for you to take revenge on the ones responsible. If you take this man's life, everyone will look to you as the culprit. Future Princess or not, you are not a judge, jury, or executioner. Triveila has a justice system for deciding the fate of men like him. And you are not above it, nor should you try to be no matter how strongly your emotions burn.”

Josephine's jaw set, and Linde stood up.

”I must agree with Kyero. This will only end badly for you, miss Dezantro. If enough people know of your connection to the former Queen, then the death of her murderer will be most closely linked to you and the blood on your hands could forever prevent you from taking the throne.”

Josephine's eyes closed and she tilted her head down with a long sigh through her nose.

”... That, Lady Almna, is the point.” She growled.

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Character Portrait: Kyero Character Portrait: Linde Xe' Almna Character Portrait: Korriban "Aetrius" Borral Character Portrait: Josephine Dezantro Character Portrait: Kieran Borral
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Aetrius listened as Josephine spoke, a fire burning inside of her each and every moment passed by. She wasn't going to let Josephine do this alone, nor was she going to let her say otherwise. But as she was going to interject, Kyero appeared out of nowhere from behind them and gave his piece, for once she fully agreed with Kyero. She didn't have the right of being judge, jury, and executor. Not like she was one to talk, given what her job entailed. But Josephine had no right to take that burden upon herself, and she shook her head.

She slowly sat down and waited for the others to finish talking, and once they did Aetrius spoke up again, "If I may, interject? We're not going to let you do this on your own, it isn't your burden to bare as much as you may think it is. Stress and anxiety over this matter will cause you at one point or another to fuck up, and if you want him to be brought in and get justice for your friend and former queen. Then you need to let us help you, Princess. I know you don't want to be next in line, but you are. Those are the cards fate handed you, and you can decide your own fate of course, but killing a man in a blind rage, isn't worth it in the end. Bringing rightful justice to the Queen's death, as well as your friend's, will be the only way...I'm sorry." she said softly and with a sense of genuine care in her voice as she looked towards the woman in question, then back down.

Aetrius stood back up, "Regardless if you ask for help or not, we're going to help you. You get blood on your hands, so are we. You go in alone, and possibly fuck up the kill, you're just asking for a death wish." she said with a bit of a tone of sadness as she crossed her arms and looked at the others for any source of back up or advice from them.

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Character Portrait: Kyero Character Portrait: Linde Xe' Almna Character Portrait: Lonán Arzura Character Portrait: Korriban "Aetrius" Borral Character Portrait: Josephine Dezantro Character Portrait: Kieran Borral
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Lonán couldn’t believe what he’d been hearing. First Josephine tried to dissuade them from helping her as she intended to do this alone. Then the came about as they argued the pros and cons (mostly cons) of Josephine’s plan of doing this by herself. It was forming a pit in his already full stomach, reviving past pains he wished gone.

His mind was beginning to panic by the time Aetrius said her final statement. ”Heresta! Ancestor Kalandros! Aid me!” He anguished in his mind. He repeated this cry until he began to think on everything that was said. He mulled it over before he heaved a big very repressed angered sigh, standing up sharply.

”I disagree with both.” He declared finally. ”I also agree with both. Miss Dezantro wants revenge and a way out of the throne. Everyone else is crying, ‘Justice! We must apprehend him and lay out the facts!’ Why can’t it be both!? The people of Triveila, having loved the Queen, your best friend, have a right to know and have a say in his punishment! Revenge is best served cold, but there are ways to prepare the dish! Enough to where both parties could be satisfied. We can have him apprehended, and put him through the system with the facts and make sure he has no way of escaping justice. And then He can be executed, satisfying vengeance.”

He took a breath to ensure he was keeping his anxiety in check, ”Now for the other matter on the table. Miss Dezantro, you don’t wish to be the next ruler, Aetrius seems to voice an argument for you to try to be a leader. My Grandfather didn’t ask to be picked to be the next leader. Yet he chose to follow through with the burden, when he just as easily could have passed it on to a cousin. When this mess with Borathian Miils is Done, you can choose your future as well Miss Dezantro. But you’re going to have our help with it as well and we’ll all find a way to strike two Go-Away Birds with one Bolt!”

He then collapsed onto his seat out of breath as he gulped in air. ”This is probably going to not end well. Heresta, thank you if this works out...”

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Character Portrait: Kyero Character Portrait: Linde Xe' Almna Character Portrait: Lonán Arzura Character Portrait: Korriban "Aetrius" Borral Character Portrait: Josephine Dezantro Character Portrait: Kieran Borral
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The first to speak was Aetrius. She insisted that Josephine would not do this on her own. But she wasn't alone. She had friends and allies in the city who had helped her plan meticulously for this event. She couldn't call it off now...

She was going to protest, but Lonan spoke up next before she could open her mouth. And... What he said made sense. Having the facts at her disposal and proving his guilt in the courts for his justice to be served the proper way was... It was the right thing to do. She knew that. But... She also knew she didn't care about the law at this point. Her best friend died in her arms and she was this close to bringing the justice she sought for so long to him.

But still.

Doing it the right way would not only end his life, but humiliate, dishonor, and strip him of everything he had. Everything he stole. Everything he wanted and fought for to get where he was today.

The next part about Lonan's grandfather came sort of out of nowhere to Josephine. But the message of choosing her fate when it was over... That meant something.

She didn't want to be the Princess because she wasn't ready. She still had much to learn and she hadn't been properly groomed for it. She was a warrior first, a Noblewoman second. Becoming Princess so soon... She just wasn't ready.

Josephine considered their words carefully, sifting through all of them in her head one by one. Bringing that level of justice to Borathian Miils was a tantalizing thought. But spilling his blood in battle, no matter how one-sided, was even more so.

"... I need time to think on this." She replied at last.

She stood up, setting her plate down and turned around.

"I will sleep on it and get back to you in the morning... Goodnight everyone... Sleep well, and thank you."

And with that she disappeared into her tent for the evening. Linde sat down and sighed heavily, looking to Kyero who gave her a knowing nod of his head. She nodded back, and Kyero disappeared like a shadow in the night.

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Character Portrait: Linde Xe' Almna Character Portrait: Lonán Arzura Character Portrait: Korriban "Aetrius" Borral Character Portrait: Josephine Dezantro Character Portrait: Kieran Borral
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Aetrius listened as Lolan spoke, and was yet again in agreeance, until she heard him say one thing. One thing that made her blood begin to boil. Was....was he trying to twist my words? Or is he just that much of an idiot? Or...He is...isn't he? Too much of a love blinded fool...Idiot.she thought to herself, and listened as the two continued. Once Josephine left for bed, it became silent, and Aetrius slowly turned around and looked at Lolan. Her hands slowly formed into fists as she slowly made her way towards the male.

Kieran stepped infront of her and pushed her back, "It's not worth it, hun..." Kieran said softly, Aetrius only growled softly and pushed past her sister, and stood right infront of Lolan, half of her face covered by the light of the fire that flickered and danced across her pale skinned face, causing her eyes to glow like Dragon Amber. She looked him dead in the eyes as she spoke with a low and rather angry voice, but it was calm, her calm yet angry voice that the others would know wouldn't lead to anything good. "Lolan...Next time I say something, do not....I repeat, do not take what I say out of context. Next time you do, I will bend your fingers so far back that you'll never use your hands again. I understand that love blinds people, and you are a love blinded fool, but do not let this happen again." she snapped, and with that Aetrius turned her back and started to go for a walk, she'd need to calm and cool down and a walk would be the best solution. That or punching something in the face, but seeing as how she didn't want to cause anymore chaos, she decided a walk would be best. She grabbed her cloak, and began to head out for a short walk into the moonlit night.

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Character Portrait: Kyero Character Portrait: Linde Xe' Almna Character Portrait: Lonán Arzura Character Portrait: Korriban "Aetrius" Borral Character Portrait: Josephine Dezantro Character Portrait: Kieran Borral
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Two days passed very quickly, and they entered the Triveilan capital.

Upon acquiring free rooms at the Kolos Inn, courtesy of Josephine's connections with the owner, they all entered a shared room for a private meeting amongst themselves. Josephine had called them, stating that she'd come to a decision about how to proceed.

"Everyone," she began, sitting in her chair with one leg crossed over the other and leaning back with her hands in her lap. "After considering your words these last two days, I have made my decision."

She slowly closed her eyes.

"I have spent much of my time thinking about whether it was vengeance or justice I sought for the death of my dear friend and former Queen, Anastasia Rutaal Triveila. And after much deliberation I have come to the conclusion that I desire both."

Her eyes snapped open and slid to Lonan, her head shifting his direction.

"Sir Arzura. You were the one who suggested that we go about this 'the right way.' That we use the justice system in Triveila to bring him down and see him to his execution by the graces of the law... Well, I have decided that I agree with you. And thanks to several of my allies and informants in the city, I know how to do it."

Her eyes slid to Aetrius and Kieran.

"Sisters Borral, I will require both of your skills in stealth and seduction to succeed in this venture. I realize I am asking much of Lady Kieran to use her seductive skills and experience to woo Miils out into the open, however I believe that Lady Aetrius' stealth and strength will be more than enough to keep her safe. As well, I'd like to ask that Kyero accompany Lady Aetrius as backup in the event there are any complications. Lady Kieran's safety is our top priority should this mission of luring Miils out succeed."

She set her top leg on the floor and sat up straight in her chair, eyes gliding to Linde.

"Lady Almna, I will need you and Sir Arzura to ensure we have a safe route back here. Once we get Miils back to the Inn and restrain him in rope bindings, it will be up to Kyero to protect him. The reason why is because that will be when he's most vulnerable to anyone who wishes to silence him before he's brought in. And in order to ensure he is brought in, I must journey to the castle. My status as future Princess is, at this moment, unofficial even if it is well known. So to make it official I must go to the castle and assume said role. Once I do, I will have full authority over the city guards whom I will then order to this Inn to apprehend Miils and bring him in to face justice."

Her hands slid forward to rest on her knees.

"I... Realize I put this together without your knowledge or consent, and I'm throwing you straight into this plan without preparation. However, we ran out of time the instant I reached the checkpoint two days ago and word of my return began to spread. It's now or never. And so..."

Josephine stood from her chair, glancing to all of her companions each in turn before putting her right fist to her heart and giving a bow of 45 degrees to them.

"I humbly beg you all, from the bottom of my heart, for your help. If you require any form of compensation, please make it known and I will see it done should this mission succeed."

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Character Portrait: Kyero Character Portrait: Linde Xe' Almna Character Portrait: Lonán Arzura Character Portrait: Korriban "Aetrius" Borral Character Portrait: Josephine Dezantro Character Portrait: Kieran Borral
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Two days went by like a whirl to Lonán as he tried to sort out his newfound condition. He was falling in love, and he was unsure how to approach the source of said affections yet. For one, she was a Princess, or will be, at any rate. He didn’t want to scare her or ruin the already budding friendship they might have.

That didn’t matter for now as he listened to the Plan at hand and nodded whenever Josephine spoke about the steps, to let her know he was listening to her. He was also listening to the sound of his beating heart when she said she agreed with how both vengeance and justice had to be achieved. Lonán had to fight his blush thoroughly to ensure he wasn’t looking strange.

He liked how the plan was laid out. He listened to Josephine apologize about putting it together without their consent which made him smile. When she asked for help, he felt his heart begin to melt. He returned her bow with one of his own. ”You don’t need to ask. I was at the ready to help you several nights ago, and I stand ready to be at your aid now.” He said. ”Whilst I do not know what compensation or favor to ask of you, I do hope we can help you further if this mission succeeds.”

He was sorely tempted to speak about his father’s gambling debts. To ask if there was a way to relieve it. But he wasn’t sure he’d want to cause any trouble in Triveila’s economy for it if he had to. He also was nervous to speak of anything else on his mind, mainly his growing infatuation for Josephine. He knew he had to talk to her at some point about it, that much was certain.

”Heresta help us all.” He thought, as his cheeks began to turn rose red.

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Character Portrait: Kyero Character Portrait: Linde Xe' Almna Character Portrait: Lonán Arzura Character Portrait: Korriban "Aetrius" Borral Character Portrait: Josephine Dezantro Character Portrait: Kieran Borral
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The next two days had gone by rather fast for the group, espexially Aetrius. They were put into a nice inn thanks to Josephine, where they would be called for by her respectively. Once they were all settled, Josephine spoke of a pla she had, and how she was asking for help. Aetrius remained silent and nodded her head as she agreed with all that was said, as did the others. Once Josephine inally got everything off her chest, the room remained silent for a few moments until Lolan spoke up and how he said he would help non the less, and would be glad to help further after this, which resulted in Aetrius to chuckle softly to herself. Lolan truly was a love blinded foo. But who was she to talk? So was the red haired Saharan Bounty Hunter.

She nodded at Lolan's last words, and as she waited to see if anyone else would step forward or speak up she nodded and stood up herself. Aetrius looked to Josephine who was still sitting down and nodded at her then spoke, "I am a woman of my word, I will assist you however I can. Me and Kieran will gladly help you avenge your dear friend's death, and not only that, but make sure that the bastard pays for it with his life, after all is made right. I will do whatever it is that the plan requires, as will Kie. We used to do trap and bait tricks when we wer kids like this all the time. Not to this extent, but to get what we needed. I guess what I'm trying to say is, my swords are your's, Lady Josephine." she said as she gave her another Saharan Salute yet again, bringing her right hand to her chest over her heart and bowed at the hips, as did Kieran.

before they went back to sit down, Aetrius turned to Josephinw once more and spoke, "As for compinsation, I'd request a Saharan Drinking Challenge against you my dear, or at least enough drinks to help cut the stress after all of this is over. It uh, would be a great way to get to know each other. It's how we Saharans tend to get to know new people, if you wouldn't mind induldging me in that pleasure? " she asked with a smile and nod, and finally sat down again.

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Character Portrait: Kyero Character Portrait: Linde Xe' Almna Character Portrait: Lonán Arzura Character Portrait: Korriban "Aetrius" Borral Character Portrait: Josephine Dezantro Character Portrait: Kieran Borral
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Linde stood from her chair and gave Josephine a bow.

"You have my skills as well, Princess. Your title may not be official as yet, but I recognize your legitimacy and pledge my services to your return to the throne."

Kyero's eyes glowed more brightly, and he gave Josephine a nod of his head.

"... You all have my sincerest gratitude..." There came a slight quiver in her voice as her bottom lip trembled.

She quickly shook her head and took a deep breath, straightening her back and heaving a sigh.

"Okay. Then we all know our roles. Tomorrow we will take to the streets where Borathian Miils resides in our Noble District. Lady Kieran will approach and attempt to seduce him. Providing she is successful, Lady Aetrius and Sir Kyero will follow them to wherever Lady Kieran leads him. Upon his capture Lady Almna and Sir Arzura will clear a path for us to the inn. Once we've brought him back here we'll bind him to a chair and Sir Kyero will watch over him. I will request at least one of you to remain here with him while the other three accompany me to the Castle to officially receive my mantle as future Princess. Pending our success, I will have the authority to send the guards here to apprehend Miils and bring him to the Castle to face justice the proper way."

She took a deep breath.

"Does anyone have any questions?"

Linde and Kyero shook their heads.

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Aetrius nodded as Linde spoke and listened as Josephine spoke up once again. She began to think of plans and what to do incase anything were to were to happen, and what back up plaǹs to have in case of said failure. "Understood. Kieran has....experience in that department. I'm sure things will go according to plan, one way or another he is going to face justice." she gave a nod and remained seated, her hand twitched a bit as she looked at it, her eyes growing a bit big as she noticed the color of her hand was a bit off, Dammit..Not now.. she thought to herself, and shook it off.

Kieran nodded at Aetrius' words ans looked to Josephine as she a sked if anyone had any questions, "I will do my best, Lady Josephine. And I will be the onw to stay with Kyero when all is done. I trust Aetrius to go with you, she'll be more help than I would." Kieran said as she too sat down and nodded.

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Lonán’s heart pounded as he observed Josephine’s behavior in voicing her Thanks before taking a breath to calm down to better listen to the Plan at hand. When it came to what Linde and He were to do he’d nodded his head. The thought of clearing the path made him wonder if it meant get civilians out of the way or brace himself for a fight at hand. His shoulder was still healing, but he hoped he wouldn’t reopen the wound.

He decided to not ask it and prepare for both scenarios accordingly, listening to Kieran volunteering to stay with Kyero. ”I suppose that’s fair. The better muscle the escort is, the better.” he agreed with Kieran’s statement. As long as that part of the Plan didn’t hit any snags He had a feeling Mr. Miils was about to have a career cut short.

”Well, let’s not jinx anything Lonán.” He thought, ”Last time you thought good things will happen there was a Knife in your shoulder.”

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Josephine nodded, dipping her head and hiding her eyes as they started welling with tears of gratitude. She took a deep breath to calm herself and her eyes dried just before she lifted her chin.

”My sincerest thanks to you all.” She said quietly.

She folded her hands in her lap.

”Tomorrow I will guide you all to the operation location. We have several of my allies already informed and have agreed to help. So if you see others around us, please do not be alarmed. They are allies, and you can trust them.”

She sighed softly.

”Well everyone, I bid you all good night. We should all get to sleep soon. The sooner we wake, the better.”

As Josephine left the room, Linde sighed and looked over towards Aetrius. And she noticed Aetrius was looking at and shaking her hand a little.

”Aetri? Is your hand all right?” She asked, walking over and looking around her arm to take a better look.

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Aetrius smiled and gave Josephine a smile and nod as she left the room. As she began to stand up, Linde came over and asked about her hand, causing Aetrius' heart to beat in her chest like a mighty Saharan War Drum. She took her hand away and nodded with a slightly upset tone in her voice at Linde's question.

"I-I'm fine, Linde. It's nothing. Honest." she said calmyly, trying to casually move her hand out of sight, hopefully making Linde pay no further mind to it.

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Lonán widened his eyes as Linde began to react to Aetrius Having an infected wound. He decided to simply retire as well as he began to inch his way to his room and by the time he made it there, heaved a big sigh. There was a lot on his mind and he decided to do a meditation of communication to see if Heresta or any of his Ancestors would give him guidance and insight to his troubles. He took off his tunic and sat in the meditative position. He then lit the incense and began to take a deep breath, breathing in through his nose, and exhaled through his mouth. Slowly, he felt himself drift into his meditative state.

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He found himself on top of the sand dunes of his dreams, as he looked around before standing up and tying his hair in a tail and making his way down the dune. He then began to speak. ”If Heresta or my Ancestors hear me, please. I need your wisdom for the path ahead of me. For I see a fork in it.” He stopped walking as he looked at a dust devil that seemed miles away. ”There is a woman. A Triveilan noblewoman, who is to be the next princess. She has unknowingly captured my heart. The problem is if she does choose to be Princess, I don’t know if I should stay with her, or continue my journey with my friends. I don’t know which is the right choice as I don’t know what either choice could mean! I may be scared of failing my clan, failing my friends and myself. Possibly the occasional snake, But above all else, I’m scared now because I don’t know! The Unknown terrifies me! I can’t see where each path leads! So please! Help me! Somebody! Anybody.” he slowly sank to his knees as his shouts turned to a silent humble whisper, his face tear stricken with confliction written all over it.

”Help...” he whispered with a choked sob. He bowed his head to the sands. Then he felt someone pulling him to a sitting position and pulling him into an embrace from behind.

“Oh my Lonán, Flesh of My Flesh, Son of my Sons, I hear you.” A soft female voice answered. “From Heresta’s Halls I’ve watched you as you’ve grown in strength and potential. Yes you indeed have many branches on this fork in your path. But regardless of which you choose, you shall plant the seeds of the Arzura clan’s future. Wake up now, and prepare for the many battles ahead. Remember, Ceres, wife of Kalandros, loves you my Descendant.”


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Lonán snapped open his eyes, and touched his face, finding them tear streaked as he wiped any leftover tears away. ”Not a very enlightening answer. But I suppose I’ll take what I can get, hopefully I come to an answer soon.” He said as he checked the window and felt the sun stab his eyes. ”MORNING?! I fell asleep meditating again! Heresta’s Breath!”

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The next morning came by quickly as the sunlight pierced through the inn's room window and cast it light onto the bed next to the wall. The light glinted against armor that shone into the face of one of the sleeping occupants, who only groaned and covered her face with one of the blankets. But after a few moments, Aetrius stirred awake as she remembered what day it was, and what the plans were, she quickly scrambled out of the bed and got dressed into her set of light armor and threw on her black cloak, but as she was assembling her gear, she froze. Memories of the prior night came back floodong into her mind and she felt her face flush with an immense blush. Shit...That....Fuck..It did...didn't it.. she thought to herself as she looked at Linde who was fast asleep in the bed.

She couldn't help as a small smile did crease her lips, and she gently planted a kiss on Linde's forehead and coverd her with the blankets. With her swords and gear ready, she easily slipped out of the room and headed into the inn's dining hall and sat down at one of rhe tables, she ordered some food and waited for the others to join her, which she hoped was soon. Thankfully when her food arrived Kieran joined her at the table and the two conversed and began eating while waiting for the others to join them as they'd discuss their plans once more before they put it into action.

After Aetrius, Kieran, Lolan, Josephine, and Rose had breakfast, Aetius prepared to meet up with Kyero for the plan. As she made her way to Kyero with Kieran she thought, Is..Is Linde okay..? I hope I didn't...oh Heresta's Breast what did I do... she mumbled to herself and exited the inn. Shortly after she found Kyero, "So, what's the plan? " she questioned as she crossed her arms and awaited the plans.

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Lonán made his way down the steps for breakfast, trying his best to hide the conflict that was written in his mind. He couldn’t shake what had occurred as he was meditating. ”’The Seeds of the Clan’s future?’ What did Ceres mean? I mean, sure the She Wolf of Heresta was known to have a level head even in combat, but was the encounter in my dreamscape real, or just in my head?” He thought as he ate his breakfast. He knew his part in the plan. Help Linde clear a path once they had Miils, then escort Josephine to the place where she’d assume responsibility as Princess.

Princess. There’s the rub, if he wanted to win her heart if she stayed, he faced a terrible decision. But what in blazes did his Ancestor mean by he’d make an impact on the clan regardless of which path to choose? Was it some sort of Test made by Heresta? He couldn’t know.

”Backtracking to the Plan however, Where’s Linde?” He mused. ”Is she sleeping in?” If that was the case, only Heresta, and probably Aetrius knows why.

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Come the morning, it was time.

The promised day had arrived, and today was a day for precise execution of a carefully calculated plan to rid Triveila of a traitor. The death of the former Queen struck the entire nation as a devastating loss, but none were affected as much as the Queen's longtime friend and future successor, Josephine Dezantro.

Speaking of Lady Dezantro, she was pacing in the room with her hands behind her back. Her role was to remain safe and out of the way so that the others could execute the plan. One new arrival, however, an old acquaintance of hers, Johan Persh, decided to accompany Kieran, Aetri, and Kyero. Linde had since awoken and was paired with Lonan at a location not far from the intended location of where Kieran was to guide Miils. A one-way dead-end alleyway where they could easily trap him and bring him back.

Josephine paced nervously as another arrival, longtime ally Bronsen Furth, arrived to protect and keep her company. Her allies and friends were slowly revealing themselves to the group, making their locations and purpose known. Subtly, but surely.

And thus the waiting game for Josephine began. Aetri and Kyero were in position, ready to begin. It was up to Kieran now to get them rolling when Miils stepped out from his home.

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Borathian Miils meandered casually through the streets of Triveila with Kieran close behind. He greeted people he met along the way kindly, giving them a bow or a nod of his head and a few kind words. A very smooth talker. Eventually, he sat down at a chair at an outdoor restaurant and ordered a meal and a drink, and pulled out a journal and began jotting down a few notes.

"The time is upon me. It's now not but a simple matter of ensuring the final pieces fall into place. When they do, I will ascend the throne at long last replacing the noble's bastard child as the rightful ruler of this land. At last my destiny shall be fulfilled come the fading light of day. And as the sun rises upon the morrow, I will be Triveila's new King."

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Kieran had waited patiently for Miils to either take the drink she had offered him or if he grew suspicious and would reject and walk away. She remained seated at the bar when she heard someone walk up close enough behind her and spoke to her, noting it was Mills as she had recognized the voice as well as the fact he had left her line of sight from where she was.

She turned around and faced him, taking note of his demeanor and supposedly genuine smile. She returned his bow with her own and gave a fake, but genuine enough seeming smile in return. When he asked who had offered him a drink, she simply nodded with another smile. "I saw that you appeared to be rather stressed, and a good drink usually helps cure one's stresses. I apologize if I was wrong in assuming you drank, good sir. My apologies." she said with another bow of her head as she looked at him with a small smile.

Miils chuckled.

"No need for apologies, milady." He said, reaching out to take and kiss her hand as a gentleman should.

Following that, he let go of her hand.

"You are of Saharan descent if I'm not mistaken. Is that right?"

Kieran watched and studied his face as casually as she could as he spoke, he seemed genuine enough. And by that she knew he was all too dangerous, a calm, cool and collected and always thinking man in a situation like this could end badly for them if he were to figure them out.

She nodded and smiled at him when he asked if she was of Saharan decent. This could either be a genuine question, or he was already starting to piece together what was going on. All the while Kieran kept up her part and did her best in acting the part she was given, "Yes, sir. Shaharan born and raised until I decided that life wasn't for me. What gave it away? The red hair?" she asked with a small chuckle as she took another sip of her drink and looked back at Miils.

He smiled with a soft chuckle.

"No, no. While it's true your hair is unique, given that most Shaharan hair is either brown or black due to the desert nation's climate, what gave it away was the clothing and the subtle accent."

Kieran chuckled softly as well and sighed, clasping her hands together and gave a smirk. She looked back at him and nodded, "Well, you got me. I guess there really is no hiding the accent, my good sir." she said with another light chuckle.

She looked back at him, "Is there anything I can get for you? Or do for you? It's the least I can do. Food or drink I have no problem with." she said as she gave him a kind and genuine smile, as she had to admit, he was very charming and attractive, but she knew what kind of person he truly was, and it secretly disgusted her as she had to continue interacting with this killer of the former Queen and friend of Josephine's.

"Not at all, milady. In fact, allow me to buy you another drink." He said, waving at the bartender.

"Borathian Miils, at your service. May I ask your name, milady?"

Kieran gave him a nod as he, in turn, offered a drink and happily and calmly accepted his offer. "Your offer is most appreciated. Thank you, sir Borathian Miils. And me? Oh, my name is Rionn Wrel, Sir Miils." she said as she gave him another nod of her head, and kind smile.

He gave a nod.

"Please, milady. The "sir" isn't necessary. 'Miils' will do just fine." He said politely.

The new drink arrived, and he slid it in front of her.

"For the lovely Lady Wrel." He said with a charming and graceful flourish of his hand as it slid away from the glass to toy with a lock of her hair.

Kieran gave him a smile when he became somewhat more casual in his actions and speech, saying that 'sir' wasn't necessary. Kieran gave him another nod, but what struck her as odd was his actions, the kiss on her hand earlier and now the toying with her hair..? A tingle went down her spine, but not one of a nice variety, but a tingle of disgust and revolt as he touched her hair. She knew what kind of man he was, but she had to play the innocent passerby for now.

She looked at him with a fake smile and grabbed the cup in her hand and put it in the air as a way of saying 'cheers' and took a sip. She looked back up at him and smiled, "But honestly...What can I do for you, Miils? It isn't every day that someone like you would willingly talk to someone such as me. A traveler. What it is that you want?" she asked as she picked up the drink and took another sip, but this time she gave him a certain look, somewhat flirty but overly so that he would be turned away just now.

Miils gestured with his hand, casually waving the question off.

"Oh, it's nothing milady. I'm a man of curious nature. That's all. A drink offered is either from someone very dull or someone very interesting. I chose to believe the latter in your case. And I'm pleased to say I was right."

He sat on a stool next to her.

"So, what brings you to the city of Triveila Ms. Wrel?"

Kieran smiled and nodded, "That is true, and very flattering. But like I said. I saw that you seemed stressed, and sometimes a drink and also a companion will help. I just thought it'd be the polite thing to do." Kieran said and took another sip of the drink.

She adjusted in her seat as Miils sat down next to her and cleared her throat, "Travel. It's all I've been doing for the past few years. Nothing really exciting, honestly." she gave him a small smile and then back at the barkeep and asked for water for Miils, which soon arrived and was placed in front of him on the counter.

"Interesting."

Taking a sip of his water, he set the cup down and spun it in his hand.

"Please do correct me if I'm wrong, milady. But I do detect the faint aroma of a perfume not commonly used anywhere but within the Royal Family of Triveila... Might you be familiar with the soon-to-be Princess? Miss Josephine Dezantro?" He asked casually, but knowingly.

Kieran managed to keep herself composed as he asked her about the smell of perfume she had, if only she had remembered to change clothing... She only had one chance to manage to not have Miils catch on and know what was going on. One last chance to get him easily without having to rely on Kyero and Aetrius, which they may have need to do so shortly.

Kieran looked at him and smiled and chuckled, "My family...They were once good friends with the royal family. If you could say that. If not suppliers for them and Triveila, if not anything else. With the death of my parents two years ago, and now the recent passing of the former Queen, may Heresta bless her soul...I decided it was only right to pay respects on my family's behath. Other than that, I have no ties to the family. Simply gave them my regards on the family name, that is all." she said plainly as she took another sip of the drink.

Miils observed carefully her response, keeping a casual and not at all revealing smile on his face as he sipped at his water. Upon the completion of her story, he set the cup down and stood from the stool.

"Most honorable of you." He said quietly.

"Ms. Wrel... May I offer a word of advice to you?" He asked, his voice suddenly becoming darker and more sinister despite his smile.

"Never leave the side of the Royal Family when you are close with them, because you never know when someone may come along to threaten their lives." He said, paying the barkeep for the drinks.

"Whatever hole you crawled out of, Ms Wrel, I suggest you return to it at once. Miss Dezantro may be in danger. After all, what makes an ally an ally when allegiance can so easily be bought?" He asked in a lower, menacing voice.

He leaned over her shoulder and whispered in her ear.

"Good day, Ms Wrel."

And with that, he began walking away calmly.

Kieran grinned and also grimaced at the same time as he whispered in her ear, she understood when someone was clearly threatening her and others, and the way he spoke was clearly a threat. She silently watched as he began to walk away, and nodded. If there's one thing he doesn't know...Is that I'm too good of a liar in every way possible...And that my loyalty cannot be swayed. I've done my part, I'll have to go back to the inn and take care of Josephine and the others, prepare them for whatever Miils' may be planning...Now, it's their turn.. she thought to herself as she looked up into the darkness, being able to see Aetrius and Kyero just faintly in the dark. She gave them a nod, stood up and walked the opposite direction of Mills', indicating that her role was now done and that she had to leave. Eventually of which she made it back to the inn and told the others what Miils' was planning.

Meanwhile, Aetrius and Kyero stayed to the shadows and waited for Kyero to begin their backup plan of getting Miils, taking him back to the inn and stopping his plan of killing Josephine and the others. Now, now was the most important mission of Aetrius' career...She'd have to save a princess from being assassinated.