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Kyero

"My purpose in life is my own to find. Nobody will tell me where I belong or what I can become!"

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

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Name: Kyero
Age: 22
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 210 lbs
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Basic Personality: Kyero is a very disoriented and easily agitated person. Because of his upbringing, being essentially brainwashed and tortured into the perfect assassin, he knows very little to nothing of normal life and struggles to maintain a semblance of normalcy as he tries to find a purpose in this world. He is, despite his lack of "normal" education, very smart and highly perceptive as well as a human lie-detector. He does not forgive and forget, nor does he negotiate. He's a steadfast and powerfully determined person who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. He is also, despite his still learning why, fiercely loyal to those who accompany him and will fight to the death to protect them as his only human connections in this world.

Basic Background: Kyero was born to a mother who was part of a cult worshipping the Lord of the Nether Realm. A Demonic spirit was summoned via a ritual and occupied his body despite the ritual being interrupted towards the end. The Demon was unable to fully manifest, but its power remains in the form of a pair of glowing red eyes, enhanced senses, reflexes, and the ability to sense the living energy of others within a ten meter radius. Kyero was tortured into the perfect killer, and brainwashed into thinking that all there was in life were his orders to kill whoever the Grandmaster pointed him to. He was a living weapon, to put it simply. But after discovering freedom of thought, Kyero rebelled against Te'i Sai and killed the Grandmaster and those who sought to fulfill the Grandmaster's designs for the continent of Cre' Est. Today, Kyero wanders the land hoping to find a new purpose in life.

So begins...

Kyero's Story

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Aetrius remained silent all the while Kyero spoke, even when Kyero had gotten right in her face and glared at her, remaining emotionless and silent as he did so, not even fearing the danger that literally loomed over her. She remained unmoving as he moved about the room, keeping her eyes on him and listening as he spoke, and she caught the small bad that was thrown to her, and looked inside, seeing three small smoke bombs in it, and nodded. Placing the bad down on the table she turned back to him, "Alright. We'll try your tactic. Until then, I'll be practicing more...I need to warm up with my fighting, just in case." she rolled her shoulder and was about to talk, but her stomach growled, audibly enough for everyone in the room to hear it. She awkwardly rubbed the back of her neck and chuckled, "D-don't suppose anyone wants to get some food with me?" she asked, as not only a means to detract from the subject at hand, but possibly lighten the mood as she was beginning to not only get too heated, but was beginning to get a little awkward. Hoping the others would join her for dinner, as well as a way to relax and not be so hostile.

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Lonán stroked his chin in thought trying to figure out something in contribution to the planning stages. He took everything he had heard into account. ”Well, considering what I’ve heard I can only give out free advice on the tactic used. For one if we’re having to be quiet about all this then maintaining the guises I gave Aetrius and myself is a must. Which means under no circumstances are we to give ourselves away at the auction. Lastly Fighting our way out must be last resort if things get too heated.” he contributed.

”However, I do have one problem with this if all goes well Kyero, whilst the Lion’s Head Inn is a priority exit, What if the Winning bidder has an exit conveniently closer to their home? There’s the rub. We need a contingency for such an occurrence.” he noted. ”We should least get a rough idea on where these other exits might be, and if any Nobles live near them. That way, one of us could relay to Kyero (if there is no distractions), where the bidder may be going. The last resort of that being one or two of us follow the winner and Kieran and then strike before they to the exit and then make their way out that way.”

He heaved a large inhale. ”But I digress. The Old Wolf said to check if the enemy has a back door, and I’m deeply concerned we might run into one here. We can discuss more on this after dinner.” He said, standing up and preparing to join Aetrius for supper.

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Kyero considered Lonan's words carefully.

"... That does present a problem. An oversight on my part to neglect that possibility."

He took a deep breath.

"I will think on that. And as you say we'll discuss it more after dinner."

Linde nodded and followed Aetri to accompany her for her drinks, bidding Kyero farewell as she knew he would not accompany them to such a public space. Kyero elected to wait in the room for them to return so they could discuss further what their options were.

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Aetrius nodded at Kyero and left with Linde and Lolan, they'd bring back Rose and Kyero food later. Once they arrived to the tavern Aetrius sat down in their usual spot with a big sigh and slumped into her chair, pinching the arc of her nose. Internally she was screaming at Kyero, only to be blasted out the wall, then another instant in her mind she attempted to suplex him, only to be suplexed herself. She growled angrily and rubbed her forehead in annoyance, and after they ordered food, Aetrius stood up and slowly and clearly angrily walked over to the bar and ordered a whole tray of drinks for herself, and yo can bet all of them contained some sort of level of alcohol in them. Once she was back at their table she sat back down and immediately started downing some of her drinks, and in between she mumbled annoyidly about Kyero and him always being right in most situations, "Wh-who does he think he is anyway, eh?" she grumbled, downing another drink as her eyebrow twitched. She sighed heavily and crumbled into her chair more, her head mainly being the only thing you were able to see poking above the table, as she was clearly still upset and annoyed with Kyero, mumbling all the while not caring if the others thought she was being childish. If there was one thing Aetrius hated, it was her pride being burnt, and burnt it was after how Kyero talked down to her, literally.

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As they went downstairs and Aetrius began to drink and slip into drunkedness complaining about Kyero, Linde's heart went out to her.

Perhaps it was foolishness. Perhaps it was a desire to share the burdens once again. Perhaps it was just love. But whatever it was led to a first in her life experience for Linde.

... Linde grabbed one of Aetrius' drinks and downed it, making a face having never tasted alcoholic beverages before. She shuddered and cleared her throat, tapping her chest a few times.

"Kyero's not exactly a nice person. Never has been. But he has a wealth of knowledge about dangerous situations and how to improvise methods of ensuring a safe in and out." She said.

She took another drink and downed it before anyone could say anything, and because of her lack of experience with alcohol and the fact that she naturally had a low tolerance genetically with both her parents being light weights, it didn't take more than a few minutes for Linde's face to flush and for her to start rocking unsteadily in her chair trying to lean on Aetrius while holding her hand and slurring her words trying to make her feel better.

"Younno Iluvu righ? Evennnnif Kyerrish righ... *hic*... Istillluvu." (You know I love you, right? Even if Kyero is right, I still love you.)

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Aetrius chuckled as she saw Linde become incredibly intoxicated and stopped her from taking anymore drinks after her second drink, clearly being way too intoxicated now. Clearly Linde was a newcomer to drinking and Aetrius wasn't going to let her get overly wasted for her first time and possibly hurt herself or cause trouble. She pushed all drinks away from Linde and gently patted her hand, "No more, Linde. You're overly drunk, and this is coming from me." she said as she gently held Linde's hand, and stood up, "Lolan, I'd advise you to be the one to bring Kyero and Rose food. Linde is....too trashed to do anything other than going to bed. So, goodnight, Lolan." she gave him a nod and gently helped carry Linde back to the room and knocked, Rose unlocking the door and letting them in and Aetrius sat Linde down on the bed and shook her head, "What am I supposed to do with you, Linde?" she said as she gave a chuckle and shrug of her shoulders as she looked at the incredibly drunk Linde.

Aetrius chuckled and helped Linde get to bed as Kyero had left when he saw how wasted Linde was, only shaking his head before he left. Aetrius had gotten out of her armor by this time and was in her casual wear and got into bed with Linde and cuddled her drunk ass to sleep, and soon fell asleep herself as she finally felt how tired she was. Eventually the next morning came and Aetrius was up bright and early, letting Linde sleep in longer as she would have an immense and painful headache by the time she woke up. Aetrius bathed, prepared their outfits for the day, and even made breakfast for the two of them, and a special tea she made for Linde as a way to help lessen the headache pain as Aetrius made the tea herself. When Linde did awaken, Aetrius smiled and offered her the warm cup of tea and breakfast in bed, hoping Linde would like the food as she wasn't the best cook ever. "Morning, after breakfast I figured I'd let you wake up a bit and clean up and then decide what we do after that for today. Sound good?" she asked as she sipped her own drink and sat back on the bed as Linde had her breakfast.

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Lonán watched again, the scenario unfold as Linde took two drinks and was instantly intoxicated afterwards. ”By Heresta What was that drink?” He wondered aloud, asking in his head also if Linde ever really drank alcohol before. At Aetrius’ suggestion he nodded and bought two more meals to take to Rose and Kyero, should the latter want any, if not then it’d be more for him. Then he’d figure on turning in afterwards.

It was an insane day and he had a new outfit from Kyero to check out.

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The next Morning, Lonán stretched his back and cracked his neck. He had a good feeling. Another day another time for planning for the auction was on his mind for the day. If anything else happened he wouldn’t be opposed to it. Even if it meant assisting Kyero with the concerns that was pointed out concerning the Exits. Whatever happened, he was certain today was going to be a good day.

He walked downstairs to have breakfast by himself, humming the tune he sang earlier yesterday. ”This day seems to be starting out good, I hope it’s a sign from Heresta that Luck is on our side for today.” he mused as he munched on some bacon.

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The next morning, Linde woke with a hangover which was unlike any experience she'd ever had before. Her head throbbed and ached, and she was a bit unsteady on her feet at first. Aetri's tea and breakfast helped a bit, but it was really the ice water she drank and the rest she had which were working the best for her right now.

"Sounds good." She replied.

Meanwhile Kyero had remained in his room to wait for an opportune time to begin his work.

Last night, after Linde passed out, he met with Aetri and Lonan to discuss the contingency.

Since there could potentially be multiple exits, Kyero read the directions to the location and memorized the details. The Lion's Head Inn, cellar, secret door leading to an underground stairwell. Today, as it was less likely to be guarded prior to the event, he would sneak in and find out if there were any other such exits. If there were, he would find out where they led and set markers for himself on the rooftops so he'd know where to go.

For Phase One, presuming things went well, Aetri, Linde, and Lonan would come find him after it was over and tell him which exit the winner took and Kyero would bring Aetri with him to fetch Kieran while Linde and Lonan returned to the Pony to wait for them.

For Phase Two, if things did not go well, the plan was for Lonan and Aetri to follow the winner as they dashed away with Kieran while Linde came to fetch Kyero and tell him which exit the winner headed towards so he could give chase and assist. Aetri and Lonan's jobs were to simply follow them and keep them in sight, occasionally doing something to help Kyero find them such as one of them taking to the rooftops, likely Aetri, while the other chased on foot.

But Kyero had to be the one to bring down the winner. If any of the others did, they'd be marked for death if they ever came back and that wasn't something he was willing to allow to happen to them. He was already the Red-Eyed Demon. If anyone would appear before a noble and either take their life or knock them out, he'd make sure it was him who was seen so word would spread that the Red-Eyed Demon interfered and stole the prize. That way Aetri, Linde, Lonan, and Kieran would all be free of any guilt or suspicion.

With the plans set in motion, Linde and Aetri gathered up their resolve and took off for Mariah's estate. Aetri was determined to meet her and find out more about where Kieran was and what she'd been treated like, and she wouldn't take "no" for an answer. But before they left, Linde gave her a cup of tea of her own to say "thanks" for the tea Aetri made her earlier.

Kyero departed locate the Inn and check the underground so he could memorize its layout and report on any other exits that were usable and where they led so everyone would be prepared for later. Lonan, in the meantime, was free to occupy his time however he wished. But Kyero wanted him to come with him later tonight to find out more about the Te'i Sai agent, so staying out of trouble was the order of the day.

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Lonán did a plethora of things as the day went by. He went to the Stables to check on Hawk, who simply once more seemed to want to play his best (and worst) critic of his master’s behavior during the past few days. He stroked the horse fondly. ”We’ll be out of here soon Hawk. This little adventure is going to give us a good chunk of honor to the family name. Enough to probably restore it a bit maybe. Think then I can patch it up with Beatrix if possible?” He asked the last sentence jokingly as the horse shook his head. ”Yeah, I didn’t think so either. Probably Married a Noble House Heir.” Lonán speculated.

On his way back towards the Pony, he gave a blind beggar two silver coins as he passed by him. Then he entered his room and meditated for much of the early afternoon. He then strapped on his armor and got his weaponry together and walked downstairs to meet with Kyero as the late afternoon rolled in. ”Kyero. How went your exploration?” Lonán asked, ready for the task he and the Red Eyed Demon would undertake.

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Kyero sat under the protection of his cloak to hide from the eyes of other patrons as he looked towards Lonan.

"I found three possible exits, all of which I've marked on the rooftops for my own benefit. Two of them open near the slums, so they're not likely to be used by nobles. But the third could be, as it opens in the Noble District in the far North."

He sighed in an irritated fashion.

"It's likely that this will be the exit used by the winner as well due to the fact that it's directly behind what I presume is the stage where the slaves will be put on display. Something of a quick getaway to prevent possible brawls or other ugly fights from happening. Not a bad idea, honestly."

He glanced back over towards Lonan.

"Anyway, I think I'm going to investigate the Te'i Sai agent. I'm concerned about why he's here in Valoc and why it is that he hasn't been hunted down as the deserter he surely must be."

Lonán nodded at Kyero’s explanation of the possible exits. The third one at the north district was concerning. Thus he memorized the location of the exit as well, so that he could tell Kyero after the auction if all goes well. When Kyero mentioned going after the Te’i Sai Agent, he looked at him with a concerned look on his face.

”Alright. I take it you’re not just telling me this just to let Linde and the others know are you?” He asked. If he recalled when Kyero talked of him, it seemed like this man was a dangerous person, he would need help to bring him down. ”If so then when do we start?”

Kyero grimaced.

"I actually was going to simply have you tell them. However, i suppose it wouldn't hurt to bring you along."

Kyero stood up.

"If we find him, you let me handle fighting him. Te'i Sai's combat style is lethal by design and purpose. It's not even combat. It's simply death walking. Understand?"

Lonán paused as Kyero said this, and took a deep breath. He walked right into a fine mess indeed. One false move from this point onward, and it could mean the end of his Clan. Unless of course, his uncle had a few bastards somewhere laying around that he can easily pick up and claim on the spot. Zedar was the more, active of the twin wolves after his Brother’s retirement. Lonán swallowed hard as he listened to Kyero’s warning well and good.

”I understand, as Heresta is my witness, I will not draw my sword against this man.” He swore as he took a side glance. ”Besides, I’ve a feeling if I did tell them, Linde would have my head for letting you go off and handle him alone, not that I doubt your skills my friend.” Yes indeed, he did fear what anger would rise out of Linde if she heard Kyero went out after a dangerous individual alone.

Kyero nodded.

"Mm. Let's go. I'd rather not waste anymore daylight."

Kyero led him out of the Pony and to the location where they found the Te'i Sai agent the first time, and by the time they arrived the sun had fallen beyond the horizon. Kyero and Lonan waited on the rooftop, watching for signs of the lights all going out everywhere else so that they knew it was safe to enter.

When the lights went out, Kyero removed his cloak and folded it up to set it under a spare brick to weigh it down so he could come back for it later without carrying it around.

"Stay close." He whispered as he descended down to the nearest window to enter the building.

Lonán followed Kyero’s command and followed him to the location and waited as dusk began to set on the city. He marveled for a moment at how from the rooftops, this city was beautiful for a brief moment, hiding the true ugliness that lay within. It was a place of suffering and pain. But for a moment, it felt like his memories working at the Carnival. Comparing it to a beautiful day, before it ended with the fall of night.

And on that night, Lonán the Mercenary was born. He could not deny that a part of him waited for a time to go out in the world and be a Warrior.

When Kyero gave the signal he nodded, following him to the nearest window and heading into the building after him when signaled. ”Hope we find what we’re looking for.” thought Lonán. ”Because if we run into this man and Kyero can’t defeat him... he could fight me. And if he does....Oh Lonán!”

Kyero kept Lonan close behind him and they snuck through the building as quietly as could be. With his clothing being tight to his frame, his boots being thick but padded, and his steps soft and coordinated he created next to no sound as he moved.

He heard the approach of an individual and pushed Lonan into a nearby open room and hid beyond the door frame. The individual walked by, clearly a maid with cleaning gear, and continued on through passing them by. Kyero breathed and led Lonan further in until they reached the room where the Te'i Sai agent dwelt.

Kyero approached the door and carefully picked it, allowing them entry as he noiselessly opened the door. He walked inside, carefully, eyeing the room for any signs of traps or other dangers. He had to think about how he might booby trap a room in order to ensure that he and Lonan stayed as safe as possible.

Weapons adorned the walls at all angles. It would be more than easy to find something to use against them if a confrontation broke out now.

"I don't see any obvious traps... And I can't hear any signs of him being here. See if you can find anything related to the auction, and watch yourself." He whispered.

Lonán followed Kyero as quietly as he could with his leather armor on. At the pause at the maid passing by he held his breath for a moment or two before he knew they were safe from being spotted. Eventually, they reached a room as The Saharan watched the Assassin pick the lock and enter the room.

”Right, let’s see if he is involved with this little event in some way.” He said at Kyero’s orders, and began searching carefully around the room, looking for something, anything that could link this Te’i Sai agent to Mariah’s Auction.

”Just got to watch out for the traps and find evidence. That’s all that needs to be done.” He thought. He was about to take examine a shelf that seemed to have papers, when his hand paused and slowly drew back. They were searching for clues in a place belonging to a man with the same possible resourcefulness as Kyero. So the very thing that made him feel worried about just outright examining something was what exactly was booby trapped and what wasn’t.

”Heresta Help me...” He prayed, knowing full well it might not help the situation he was in, but it gave him the confidence he needed to keep looking about.

Kyero searched the room for any clues he could find. Paperwork and parchments. Clothing styles. Scents familiar from the underground location. Anything that could possibly alert him that this man was involved.

He spied a parchment on a desk near the back of the room and approached it. However, as he drew nearer his eyes alerted him to the fact that there was a near invisible string attached to the desk. Kyero picked up a small wooden doorstop.

"Lonan... Don't move." He whispered.

He tossed the block at the string, and as it made contact the string instantly snapped leading to the release of two daggers from behind a cabinet door nearby that came shooting out at high speed across the front of the desk into the wall nearby. Kyero was wary, but inched closer to the desk. However, as he walked he felt something strange underfoot. The floor was weakening. He looked down and saw a single board had been moved recently, evidenced by the small gaps between it and the boards around it, free of any dust or detritus from years of people walking on it, and he knew that had to be another trap.

He glanced around to check that all was clear and stepped around the floor board and looked at the parchment. Taking out one of his orichalcum daggers, he poked the parchment and saw an oily substance on the blade as he brought it back.

"Some kind of poison." He mumbled.

Kyero pulled the parchment off the desk using his blade and read it once it fell on the floor. It was a letter of promise from this agent to Mariah stating that security was tight and everything was under control.

"So he's here for security, is he?" He said quietly.

Lonán’s eyes widened in shock as he thought his heart would stop. The two daggers surprised him and the way Kyero began to walk carefully meant the desk’s area was most likely the most guarded and therefore probably had more traps. When Kyero examined the parchment Lonán took a small intake of breath.

”Security? Why not hire a mercenary? Does Mariah want...” He whispered before trailing off as he thinks back on what Mariah herself said to Viktor. ”Mariah’s security measures are frightening now that I remember talking to her.” he noted quietly. It was beginning to make sense now.

An Assassin with Kyero’s skill set would ensure any problems were dealt with before they even became a problem. ”He’s got to go. We stand no chance if he’s at the auction.” He thought, keeping alert and trying very hard to not panic over the revelation discovered here. They needed to find a way out of this death trap of a room and find out where this man is so Kyero could kill him.

Kyero grimaced at the letter and thought about the implications of a former Master Assassin being in charge of security. He already said the last time Kyero observed him that even if he was killed nothing would change because of how he set his operation up. But if he wasn't around to pull the strings or guide the dogs, then perhaps that would at least make things a little safer for the others.

But Lonan was right. He had to go. No way could or would Kyero allow a former Master Assassin to take part in this auction.

And no sooner had he thought about that then he heard a shuffle. He looked up too late and was sent flying into the wall from a kick to the side of the head by the Assassin in question who stood up tall and sneered at them both.

"Gentlemen... Intruding on my humble abode is a serious personal offense. Especially on your part, Demon." He said as he glared at Kyero who had managed to stand up as well.

The two of them both standing tall at their full heights and glaring each other down was almost like a scene out of a play where the good guy and the bad guy squared off. But with Kyero's glowing red eyes it was anyone's guess who the real bad guy was in this scenario.

However, Lonan was not out of danger or out of the scene. The Assassin smiled at Kyero and then darted at Lonan. He managed to make it to Lonan's position and grabbed him in a lapel hold before being rammed off his feet into the wall by Kyero who shoved Lonan back and out of the way putting himself between the Assassin and Lonan. The Assassin grabbed a dagger off the wall, and Kyero pulled one of his orichalcum daggers... Specifically the one with the poison on the tip.

And both took their stances.

Lonán was once more in shock. How did the Enemy get in without anyone knowing? Did he know they were here all along?! Kyero’s warning flew by his thoughts as he braced for being thrown by this man as Kyero, after getting a hit to the head managed to push the Saharan and the former Assassin apart, leaving the Demon to ready a stance.

Lonán’s instincts came roaring at him. They wanted him to either fight or run away from this. Lonán knew Kyero was capable of fighting but he knew that even Lonán would feel shaken up. He knew he had to help his friend, he just didn’t know how. Options were whirring in his head. Sword, Crossbow, anything to tip the odds to a more even field.

”Shoot At him to distract him, get him to lose his footing and maybe fall for his own traps. Grandfather forgive me. If I die, Let Granny punish me in Heresta’s Halls.” He thought as he prepared to draw his crossbow and at the moment he sees his chance to tip the scales in Kyero’s Favor. Wolves worked together to bring down a kill, Lonán was more then willing to make his contribution.

He was a Warrior of the Arzura, and he wasn’t planning on just lying down whilst danger was staring at him in the face. When his moment came, he’d take aim and fire.

Kyero gave his head one good shake to clear it from the blow he took earlier. He was a little bit rattled by that kick as he hadn't been expecting it to come from nowhere like it did. He was sure he'd have heard the agent approach. But this served to inform Kyero of just how large the gap in experience must have been.

He was a rogue Te'i Sai agent, and he was still alive. He was in his mid 40's, and almost all of that would have been spent continuing his practice and keeping his skills sharp. And with likely 15+ years on Kyero it came as no surprise to imagine that his skills were that much sharper than Kyero's despite his being the Red-Eyed Demon.

Kyero readied his blade and the Assassin his.

"Tonight a Demon meets his end." Taunted the Assassin with a dangerous grin.

Kyero's eyes narrowed and the Assassin lunged forward with almost frightening speed for one his age. Kyero managed to put the flat of his orichalcum blade up to protect himself, but following that lunge the Assassin also aimed a stretched kick towards Lonan's midsection.

Lonán must’ve jinxed his good day by agreeing to come here. Because the assassin managed to attack them both at the same moment, with himself having to raise his left arm in an attempt to block the attack. Then he grasped his crossbow with the other arm and pulled it out. He glared at the Assassin with a hard glare as if saying he was fine letting Kyero fight, but now he struck at him. He had to return the favor with a strike of his own.

He aimed at the Man’s shoulder. ”Kyero! Snap out of it!” he shouted as he fired his shot. ”Scratch What I thought earlier, if I survive this, the first thing I want to do is find another Barmaid to flirt with to take my mind off of the crazy few weeks I’ve been having!”

That was his possible plan for tomorrow and he meant it.

The Assassin's kick landed on Lonan's arm with Lonan countering with his crossbow. The bolt was fired, but due to a lack of coordination from Kyero and Lonan, Kyero had pushed the Assassin away from himself which shoved him out of the way of the crossbow bolt as well. He staggered back but managed to remain on his feet with Kyero in hot pursuit. The pair of them locked blades for a few minutes before the Assassin's experience showed and he managed to get the best of Kyero by slicing his side and kicking him away.

He then turned his sights on Lonan, charging at him with blade drawn intent on lopping his head off if Lonan didn't get out of the way somehow.

Lonán cursed at missing the shot whilst holstering the pistol. He’d have no time to load it in close Quarters like this! He had to think of another plan quick if he was to keep his head. Kyero held him off for a while as Lonán was about to grab his sword to draw it from its sheathe. However that plan changed when Kyero was knocked back.

With the assassin’s intention to take his head now apparent he gripped his sword and took a dive to the left of the Assassin, intent on dodging the deadly maneuver and give himself time to draw his sword and get in a ready stance. He was starting to feel angry about this fight. He had to rein in the anger however. One wrong move and the Assassin could take his head. But he wasn’t willing to let that happen. No matter what, Kyero had to kill this man!

Kyero observed the Assassin dive past Lonan in a failed attempt to take his head. Lonan seemed to be ready to draw his blade and ready for the fight, but Kyero had to keep them apart. He checked his side and found the wound not as bad as it could have been. He just had to put the pain aside and fight.

And that's what he did.

Kyero drew his second blade and once again put himself between Lonan and the Assassin as the latter readied himself to re-engage in the fight. The pair of Assassins squared off once again and dove into a lethal dance of blades where any clean strike, had it made it through the other's defenses, would have ended the fight in one shot. Both were precise, fast, and filled with a deadly determination to survive the battle.

The pair of them finally ended their fight when Kyero had enough and twisted his blade to land blade against blade, and the orichalcum showed its power by slicing through the metal of the Assassin's blades. The blade-less daggers were thrown to the ground as the Assassin then dove to the wall and drew a fresh pair, facing off with Kyero again before kicking another box-like protrusion on the wall which opened up a trapdoor in the ceiling above Kyero burying him in a heap of rubble and random objects that all fell on top of him.

Lonán couldn’t believe his eyes. These two were almost equal in ability it was almost impossible to tell who’d win. This was where it got dangerous for both of them. The moment Kyero’s blades showed their strength and destroyed the Assassin’s his heart lightened with hope, the Assassin Pulled a Trump card that left Kyero buried in rubble and objects.

”Kyero!” He shouted in concern and anger as he drew his blade and gripped it much like he always did, with his less dominant hand held by two fingers and his thumb whilst the other two curled under the Pommel as he sliced through the air to try and hit the assassin. Lonán didn’t care if he hit him or not, or even gave him a glancing wound. He just wanted the Assassin to know the Rage of not only Lonán Arzura, but the rage of his Ancestors that he knows were cheering him on in this fight.

”Go To Hell!” was the only thought on his mind.

The Assassin deftly dodged Lonan's attacks and smiled at him all the while. He said nothing, but the smile on his face was mockery enough of his lack of ability to keep up. Eventually he kicked Lonan away and cracked his neck.

"You've got spunk, kid."

He flipped the blade in his hand before turning towards the rubble Kyero was buried under. The rubble began falling away as Kyero lifted it off of himself and tossed it aside, trudging out from it to face him with daggers drawn once again.

Of course, he was a little the worse for wear. He had a nasty cut above his left eye which was bleeding enough to force his eye shut, and it was clear that holding his left arm was causing discomfort. Potentially a muscle strain or some kind of break/fracture in one of the bones, likely in his shoulder somewhere. But he was up and ready to fight which drew the Assassin's attention.

However, the Assassin didn't wish to be distracted from the secondary prize and threw the flipped blade at Lonan's shoulder aiming to pin him to the wall.

Lonán was kicked towards one of the walls by the Assassin. His glare was all the evident at the man when he heard Kyero coming out of the rubble and his eyes flickered to him for the moment. That was the moment Lonán realized he forgotten his Arsehole of a Father’s bare handful of lessons compared to the rest of his family.

He forgotten, that you never take your eyes off your enemy. The pain that erupted when his shoulder was hit by the blade and pinning him to the wall made him growl out his anger as he returned his glare back to the assailant. Obviously he was now away and not a hinderance to him. ”You idiot Lonán...had to go and get yourself in this mess just to screw up?! What would they think of you?!” he scolded himself as he had no choice but now watch as Kyero was on his own now.

With Lonan pinned to the wall by the blade in his shoulder, Kyero was no longer distracted with trying to keep the Assassin between them. He could fight more freely.

As the two re-engaged it became clear that despite his injury Kyero was more than skilled enough to hold his own. The two of them fought on even ground for a minute or so before Kyero's injury was targeted by his enemy. Several jabs and elbows to the shoulder made his left arm all but unusable after a time. And eventually, with only one arm to use, Kyero was overpowered and his throat sliced open before he fell lifelessly to the ground.

The Assassin whipped the blade to clean it of blood, and looked at Lonan.

"You and the Demon did well. It's been a very long time since I exerted myself like this."

He approached Lonan and stood within one arm's reach, preparing to kill him.

"Farewell, brave soul."

He prepared his dagger for a killing blow but was stopped when what felt like a gust of wind erupted from behind him accompanied by an overpowering crimson glow. He turned around and saw Kyero's body engulfed in a black fiery aura with a bright red glow emanating from the wound on his throat. Kyero stirred and began to rise, much to the shock and fear of the agent.

Kyero stood up straight and as his eyes opened they were pure red. No pupil. No whites. No identifiable iris. Just two purely glowing red eyes.

The black aura began releasing small waves of energy out around his body which crashed into the walls breaking paintings, cracking the wood beneath his feet and on the ceiling above him.

But suddenly, the aura began dissipating to nothing and all seemed to return to normal... All save those glowing red eyes which were still pure red.

"Is... Is this your true form, Demon?!" He yelled as he staggered away a few steps.

As Kyero spoke, he did so with a double-voice effect. His normal voice plus a much deeper, darker, guttural, primal voice added on speaking in unison.

"... Die!" He growled.
Kyero's orichalcum blade was drawn and in an instant he dashed across the room and slammed the blade into the agent's chest through his heart, splashing Lonan with his blood as the blade was ripped skyward and out the top of his skull. The blade was then ripped straight down, slicing the man through to the groin and splitting his body into two perfectly equal halves which fell to the floor at either side.

And slowly the red glow in his eyes faded, returning Kyero to his former state.

Lonán blinked once. Twice. Three times to process exactly what in the Holy Name of Beloved Heresta had occurred. For one moment He saw Kyero defeated and dead on the ground, his throat carved open and he himself was about to join the Halls of Heresta.

He prayed to Heresta to allow him entry there if possible, but added one final request. ”However Heresta, if it is not my time to join you, please, let me find the one I’m meant to be with so the Arzura name doesn’t become lost. Do not let this day be My Clan’s last.”

Whether his prayers were answered or not, he saw something...almost unnatural as Kyero rose and was healing from his cut, his red eyes glowing more fiercely. As the event seemed to die down, Lonán took an inhale before Kyero literally cut the Assassin into two perfect halves and splashing him with his blood.

”Augh! What in Heresta’s name-!?” He blurted out as he closed his eyes from the splash before squinting at Kyero. ”You literally scared me seven times over. You owe me a very stiff drink my friend.... After we get cleaned up.”

He was about to move before a pain in his shoulder made him wince in remembrance. ”Uhm...little help?” He asked hesitatingly.

Kyero sighed and slumped to one knee, breathing hard and coughing up a little bit of blood into his hand. He wiped it and stood up, analyzing the blade in Lonan's shoulder pinning him to the wall.

"Move with me. It's best if Linde removes this at the inn rather than take it out now." He said.

He gripped the dagger with one hand and Lonan's shoulder with the other to help keep the blade where it was.

Lonán nodded and with the help of Kyero, managed to free the knife from the wall as he sheathed his sword with his good arm before using said arm to clutch the wounded shoulder as he made ready to leave with Kyero. ”On a scale of one to ten Kyero,” Lonán began to ask as he felt ready to go back to the Pony, ”How mad is Linde gonna be at us?”

Kyero helped Lonan off the wall but left the dagger in his shoulder as he helped guide him out of the building safely. After reaching the rooftop, Kyero fetched his cloak and gave it to Lonan to wear to hide the dagger as they descended to the streets to let Lonan walk on even ground back to the Pony.

And as they entered the door after knocking, Linde immediately sensed that something was wrong.

"Lonan? What's wrong?"

Lonán had a very sheepish face by the time they reached the Pony. But it gave way when Linde showed her concern. ”We had a bad night Linde. Got anything in your doctor skills for a shoulder shishkebab?” He asked as he took a seat and very much reluctantly, pulled off his cloak to show Linde and anyone else in the room his injured shoulder.

So much for having a good day and staying out of trouble.” He thought.

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Aetrius had been in an unpleasant state ever since they got back to the inn, she had been going in and out of a drunken stooper as the drugs began taking affect. Everything around her was in a haze and her vision and hearing were just as hazey. But when she slowly woke up, she found that she was in bed cuddling Linde, only to be quickly awoken to a knock on the door, and quickly sat up and watched as Linde went to the door and unlocked it, revealing an injured Kyero and Lolan. Aetrius shook her head silently as she rolled out of bed and watched at Linde attended to them, clearly not wanting to get in the way of her wrath, she kept to the backround until she knew her anger was mostly gone, and she moved past the three that were occupying the main part of the room and went into the kitchen to fetch some water, as the drugs had mostly worn off and she was in need of a drink, one that didn't contain alcohol for once.

She leaned against the counter and watched as Lolan explained what had happened, and made a snide comment which was mainly to herself, "That's how it feels..." she mumbled and looked back up at the others and strode over to the table and sat down on one of the chairs.

"What's important is that you're alive, and from what I can tell you are for the most part...Except for Linde's wrath...That...That's truly frightening." she gave a small chuckle and looked at Linde nervously, and then quickly looked down and away from Linde, "At least it wasn't me this time?" she asked as she nervously peered up at Linde and gave a small tilt to her head, and expected to be hit at least gently for her rather rude sense of humor.

Linde chuckled and walked over to Aetri with a purposeful stride. If they didn't know her better they'd think she was going over to physically reprimand her or bonk her on the head or something. Maybe Aetri did think that, but that's not what happened. Instead, Linde wrapped her arms around Aetri with another chuckle and planted a kiss right on her lips, holding fast to her shoulders so she couldn't get away.

Aetri responded in shock, eyes widening and face going a deep red as Linde kissed her. But after a few moments of embarrassment over the public display, she slowly melted into the kiss and relaxed until Linde separated their lips.

"A little humor is what we need now, I think... Thanks, love."

And suddenly Linde reached behind Aetri's back and gave her a slap on her backside, causing a small "SMACK" to echo through the room followed by a sharp and high pitched "EEP" from Aetrius who straightened out upon impact. Linde gave her a chukle and kissed her cheek before walking over to her bag to put her tools away, leaving Aetri bright red and wondering how any why she just got a quick spank followed by such a charming and playful walk-away from Linde.

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Lonán sat down and let Linde work on him. He didn’t care if Linde didn’t give anything to take the edge off the pain, he needed the distraction from his own thoughts. The pain from his shoulder increased as Linde worked on him and it took all Lonán could to not scream out in pain when the knife was yanked out.

”Sword arm’s probably gonna feel uncomfortable if I ever get in another scrap. Pick fights more carefully next time.” He thought through the pain as his wound was disinfected. He hissed, he groaned, his other arm had the chair in a death grip, with his knuckles turning white. He heard Aetri give out a small remark as he rolled his eyes. Linde kissing and slapping Aetri’s rump made him chuckle before wincing..

”To answer your question, yes. I could have. I took my eyes off the opponent for one second. The one thing my Arsehole father teaches me and I couldn’t do that right. To hell with him anyway, I was helping a friend take out a dangerous variable in the Plan.” he said the last sentence with clenched teeth. ”I was scared though, For the first time in my life I was scared. I thought I foolishly threw my life away like an idiot. But I didn’t want to fail a friend, or let a friend die for no reason again!”

Tears were threatening to form from his face as he gave a pained sigh as he covered his face with his good hand. ”But damn my luck huh? I nearly thought I failed Kyero as much as I failed her all those years ago. And what do I have to show for it?” he muttered bitterly, the memory of moments ago flashing across his mind as well as an old emotional memory almost matching it. ”I screwed up, and I’m sorry. Can anyone get me a stiff drink or something to take the edge off this pain?”

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Linde sighed and pat his good shoulder.

"Kyero has something."

She looked to Kyero, who nodded.

He walked over to his own backpack and opened it, fishing a small jar of paste-like material from it and tossed it to Linde. She popped the top and smeared the paste on her fingers, smearing it on his wound over the stitching.

"This will dull the pain for around twelve hours. Tomorrow morning I'll give you a second round. And I'll give you one before we leave for the auction. This will ensure that even if you can't use the arm to the fullest, you'll be able to at least use it normally. Though you'll still have some heavy discomfort from the muscles and flesh that are still binding. So as much as you can, avoid using your arm at all tomorrow and auction day." She said softly as she finished applying it to both sides of his shoulder.

"Now, let's get you that drink."

She helped him to his feet with his good arm and walked with him to the doorway, looking back at Aetri and giving a jerk of her head to request she came as well. She did so, and the three of them walked downstairs to enjoy a night of drink and casual banter to take the edge off of what had happened before returning and falling asleep...

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Lonán nodded at Linde’s instructions about not to use his arm too much for the next few days. Unfortunate as it was he had a feeling the social gathering they were going to attend soon didn’t include arm wrestling or forced dancing with any pretty girls. Lonán mentally shuddered at the thought of the latter. He’d never hear the end of it from Aetrius if such an event ever occurred.

He was helped onto his feet and joined Linde and Aetrius for that drink... he wanted to wash down the night he had with it, that was for certain.

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Lonán woke up on the next day with a hangover. Last night wasn’t how he wanted yesterday to end on. Now he has a shoulder ache and won’t be on his top fighting form for awhile. He didn’t want to be told, he could feel how the ache screamed at him. ”Annoying.” he muttered as he got dressed into something more plain. He knew this was the day before the Auction so he decided to spend his day indoors at the Pony as much as he could, examining the outfit Kyero meant for him to wear at the auction. He nodded at it as he walked to Linde and Aetrius’ room and gave the secret knock.

He felt a little sheepish about how he spoke last night about Clarissa without even explaining himself, he hoped he didn’t become a drunken fool last night and spoke of her. ”Wait... I’m not a sad drunk! I’m probably the silly drunk.” he mused as he waited for the signal to come in from Linde, or be brought in, either or worked.

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Aetrius nodded as Linde gestured to follow, and for the next few hours they drank, made small talk, drank some more, talked more, told jokes and stories of their pasts and drank more. Eventually, the three of them headed to bed, and the rest was a blurry mess for Aetrius, and she was certain it was even more so for Linde who couldn't hold her own very well. The following morning, Aetrius groaned as sunlight hit her face, causing her to fall out of bed with a thud.

She slowly rose to her feet, her head hurting for more than one reason now, and she looked around, the room was a mess, clothes laid on the floor. She shook her head, and realized something, she was half naked. She quickly covered her lower half as she was missing half of her clothing and looked around, her memory slowly clearing up, We didn't...Did...did we?", she thought to herself. But as her mind cleared up more, she remembered what happened the previous night. Linde and her arrived back at the room, and Linde started to undress in her drunken state, which Aetrius tried to stop, but Linde drunkenly fell onto her and had fallen asleep, and due to her own dazed Stuper Aetrius fell asleep then and there.

Aetrius shook her head and got dressed in more casual wear, and prepared for the day, she made breakfast and made maps of the Lion's Head Inn for them to all study and take as notes from what Kyero described. Today was their last day and they needed to prepare leaving. Aetrius heard a knock and walked over to see it was Lolan, and welcomed him in, "Morning, Lo. Breakfast is ready. Just need to wake up Linde." she said as she let him in and she walked over and attempted to wake Linde up.

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Linde was gently shaken awake by Aetri, and she woke with along groan followed by stretching her arms out as she turned up and pulled Aetri into a kiss before letting go of her and rolling out of bed to her still half-asleep feet. She trudged to the bathroom to bathe and refresh herself, coming back in her robe and changing into her clothing behind the changing wall. When she came out she was still sleepy and a bit out of sorts, but she sat down and greeted everyone with a smile before remembering she had to give Lonan another dose of the pain killing salve.

After applying it, they all sat down to review what they had learned. And Kyero elected to begin.

"We learned an ex-Te'i Sai agent was in charge of security. Lonan and I took him down, so at least the threat he presented is no longer a factor. But his security measures living on without him concern me. However, last night, I drew up a plan of what I would do given my experience and if I were in his position."

He brought out a parchment with a hand-drawn map of the room the auction took place in complete with the stage, exits, seating, and areas where security was most likely to be positioned.

"If I were him, I'd place at least two guards at each exit, armed, and one at both front corners of the stage to protect it from hecklers who might be drunk participants of the auction. I would also ensure the tunnel leading to the auction had at lest one armed guard at every twenty or thirty feet so they could easily sprint to each other's aid if something goes wrong or fall into positions to block the tunnel entirely."

He leaned back in his seat.

"I would also keep my eyes on these two balconies, as they may have bowmen stationed there as backup. Outside of that, so long as you maintain your disguises and keep out of trouble you should be fine. The security will be focusing on whoever causes trouble. And so long as it isn't you then you'll be free to pass through unhindered."

Linde nodded slowly.

"We also learned about Nobility and Slave behavior and relationships. Aetri and I are comfortable and confident in our roles, but all the same I think it would be of benefit to us to take this day to do one more round through town to make certain beyond any doubts that we are ready. Don't you think, Aetri?"

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Aetrius listened as Kyero spoke and went over the map, mentally taking notes of the supposed guards and where they'd be. At the notion of bowmen, she remembered they did say that how the auction would be set up was, interesting. It was in the underground part of the inn as described, yes. But it would be in a way that was set up that the nobles would be separated from the prizes by a dropped down level that was at least 15-20 feet, meaning that the nobles bidding would be looking down at the slaves and judge them from an advantage point, meanwhile the slaves would be looking up at who would possibly win. Aetrius also remembered that it would also be a silent auction, meaning no speaking besides the one giving the slaves away. Which, in Aetrius' case it would help, if she were to bid on Kieran and Kieran recognized her voice, it could possibly ruin their plan and they'd be killed on the spot. At the mention of practicing one last time, Aetrius nodded silently.

"I agree. We will practice a bit more today in town, then come back and practice for the auction. And, Linde....I have a..surprise for you later today." she said calmly, and gave Linde a small smirk. Soon Aetrius got up as the others talked and dressed up in formal wear and came back and awaited Linde to join her for their last day having to fake this act. "And after tomorrow, never again..." she said with a tone of bitterness in her voice as she left with Linde.

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Lonán listened as they went over the things that were discovered and what Kyero also deduced about the venue after last night’s events. The Te’i Sai agent obviously already Set some security measures but Kyero was right. Play to the disguises and they’d be safe.

”Speaking of disguises, I’d better see if mine will fit, and then probably just meditate. This shoulder isn’t gonna make me go anywhere.” Lonán said as he cracked his neck. ”Good luck you two, anything else comes up for the Plan let me know.” with that he got up and returned to his room to check out his outfit.

He changed into it and took a look at himself in it. He gave himself a good look at every detail of th clothing. ”I don’t look half bad, for a merchant now at the service of a noblewoman.” He thought as he nodded in approval of the outfit. This would work. This would definitely work. All he had to do was remember his vocabulary and the accent he used when he met Mariah, and he was all set.

Now he had to wait till tomorrow. Heresta help them all.

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Aetrius and slowly followed by Linde eventually left the inn for their last day in the town, they took their time. Mainly as they studied security, where the closer exits were, and what were the safest places for quick exit would be. They studied the building and how long it would take to walk past them, where dead ends led them, and where alleyways twisted and turned. They had to study the Noble District as much as they could, as to that's where the auction would be held right in the inn that was tucked away in the corner, if anyone didn't know any better, it'd go unnoticed. Other than exploring and studying, their day was pleasantly uneventful. Eventually they went bad to the inn after spending a few hours out and about, when they returned Rose eagerly let them in and was busily getting their things in order, leaving their clothes and supplies for the auction out, but everything than what they'd need was packed away and ready for their leave the next day.

After they changed back into their more comfortable clothing, Aetrius turned to Rose and pardoned her for a while to be with Linde. After the young girl left, Aetrius turned to Linde and remained silent. All day Aetrius had made sure that Linde had been paranoid all day, for her possible revenge. But she finally felt as though Linde had enough waiting, and walked back to her and knelt down inront of her as Linde sat on the bed. "Linde...In case...In case something happens tomorrow...I just want you to know, that...I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't met you, let alone hadn't decided to detour to Atlum all those weeks ago.." she said softly, and paused looking down. She dug into her pocket and removed a small, amber colored necklace from her pocket and looked back at Linde as she placed the necklace in her hand, "This...This was the last thing I ever received from my mother before..." she took a pause again and looked down, trying to keep herself from breaking down. Her mother was Aetrius' best friend, aside from Kieran while growing up, and the day she lost her, she felt like she lost a part of herself, and maybe she even did. "Before she and my father died...Ever since she gifted it to me, I've been kept safe for the most part...I want you to keep it from now on...It's made of what we Saharan's call, Dragon Amber. Whether it's actually what its name entails, I don't know...But it's been my lucky charm, and I want you to have it...Please..." she said softly as she slowly and gently closed Linde's hands around the necklace, and her own burn scarred hands shakily clasped themselves around Linde's hands. Whether it was from the memories of losing her mother, losing Linde, or anxiety from what tomorrow entailed, she wasn't sure. But for one thing she was certain of, she'd keep Linde safe tomorrow at all costs.

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The kiss they shared lasted for what felt like an eternity, but eventually it came to a slow finish when Aetrius stopped it, by gently placing her hand on Linde's chest and with slight heavy breathing she spoke, "W-we...we can't...N-not...not now..." she said softly and gently kissed Linde's forehead and gently helped her to her feet, and they prepared for bed, eventually both getting in and cuddled tightly and closely as they fell asleep, Aetrius' arms were wrapped tightly and protectively around Linde's.

Morning came all too fast and Aetrius was already up, awake, prepared, and dressed by the time the others began to stir awake. She was outside with Bree, gently stroking her main and preparing her for the mission ahead. She loaded Bree with her supplies and kept her close to the Pony, and after making sure they'd have all the necessary items when they left, getting clothing and supplies for Kieran, she returned to the inn. When she went back to the room, Rose let her in, and she sat down at the table and studied the maps that Kyero had prepared for them, but on the map she had she crossed one of his exit's out and circled one of the lower exits, she had unbeknownst to the others, had explored a bit of the auction's place and studied some thing's Kyero didn't. She even placed some weapons in places that she planned on going to, small knives and retractable, one handed crossbows. After her planning was done, she dressed in the outfit that Kyero gifted her, and looked herself in the mirror and tied her hair into a short, and tight ponytail, and looked hard in the mirror. She had placed her swords on Bree, wrapped up in her supplies, as well as her other weapons, but she did place a knife in the lining of her right boot, and kept the small smoke bombs that Kyero gave her in the small pouch on her side. She took several deep breaths, and calmed herself as much as she could, the leather of her gloves creaked as her fists tightened. Everything was on the line tonight, and they'd give it everything they had.

Eventually the others joined them in their room for one last time, and Aetrius looked at all of them and stood up, "I...I appreciate all of you. For willing to come with a complete stranger and help her find her long lost sister. I don't know what will happen tonight, but...Thank you, that's all I really know what to say. We'll do our damnedest to get both of them out of there...And possibly, some point in the future help the others just the same...For now, we're few, a small rag tag team of strangers, that quickly became friends. Let's get this shit done, and let's shut down Mariah's organization the best we can." she gave them all a nod, her right fist tightening as the realization of what was going to happen fully hit her. It was now or never, and she was going to get this shit done now.

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Linde and Kyero both nodded. Linde smiled. Kyero did not.

"We're ready, Aetri."

"I can't go to the auction, but I will be ready to find and deal with whoever wins Kieran's ownership."

Linde walked over to Aetri, wearing her new necklace proudly, and gave Aetrius a bow.

"When we met in Atlum I never expected what has transpired recently... Any of it. But I'm grateful it did, and there's nowhere I'd rather be than here with you."

She turned around and smiled at Lonan and Rose.

"All of you." She said with a slight blush.

She turned back to Aetrius and came up close to whisper only for her ears.

"For this performance, I am at your service, Master. And when it's all over, I'd like you to come with me to Cre' Est for a short time and... Meet my family. Doing so would mean the world to me."

When she backed away, she gave Aetri that same loving and warm smile from last night before they fell asleep together and then backed away to stand with the others ready to leave at Aetrius' command.

And leave they did. The day came and went, and it was now time to enact their plan. All of their contingencies were in place. Kyero had set markers at every surface exit point so he'd know exactly where to find the winner upon exit presuming everything went well. As well, Kyero had also placed several traps along the various routes along each exit such as smoke bags which could be destroyed with a throwing knife to cloud the street slowing the winner down so they could nab Kieran.

When inside, it was all on their performance. So long as they kept to their roles everything would be fine. And in the meantime, they all had to watch each other's backs and stick together. It was as simple as that.

Together they approached the entry, all in their respective roles with Aetrius leading the line. She presented their vouchers, and they were granted entry. Marching through the long and winding tunnels, they came to the auction house where they were guided to their seats above the stage where the slaves would be displayed and give signs to raise whenever they presented a bid.

... And so they waited.

And at long last, it had begun.

Mariah sauntered to center stage and spoke in a loud, clear voice for all to hear.

"Welcome, my friends and colleagues! Tonight we share in our love for collecting only the finest and most capable servants to make our lives, and those of our families and children better! Life is much easier lived when the work is done by others leaving you to enjoy yourselves. Am I right?"

Numerous cheers erupted from the crowd until she silenced them.

"Without further delay, let the auction commence!"

Mariah walked off stage, waving to everyone, and was replaced by a large man with a booming voice.

"Welcome everyone! Let's bring out the first slave on the block!"

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...

And so it was that every slave marched one after another across the stage, standing and posing in various positions to draw attention and desire from the crowd to be purchased as their masters bid on them. And the winners were invited to the stage to walk with their new servant to the back and out the exit of their choice.

Lonan had a key role to play in this. Due to how close to the end it was, Lonan was tasked with relaying the news to Kyero of which exit the winner of Kieran took since he was closest to the exit and it would be suspicious if the others left with him. They had to stay past Kieran's exit and leave with the rest, as much as Aetri hated that. But luckily they'd be free to move about the tunnels at their own pace, and Aetri was already a fast walker. They'd make it out more than quickly enough to find an alley and shed this nobility clothing to don their normal garb. Kyero would be waiting for Aetri on the roof of the Lion's Head Inn to guide her to the winner's location.

For now, they sat through display after display of slaves being purchased until, at last, the main event had begun.

"And finally, the main attraction of the evening! She hails from Shaharan! Her hair is red as blood! Her body as tough as iron! She's feisty! She's loyal! She's exceptional! Here she is! The Flower Of Veilbrand... KIERAN!!!"

The cheering, hooting, and hollering reached a fever pitch as Kieran walked on stage and struck a sultry but defiant pose by turning her back to the audience... Something the slaves weren't supposed to do. She looked over her shoulder and blew the crowd a kiss, earning more cheers before they were settled down.

Kieran took another sultry pose, emphasizing her curves with a knowing and smart-ass smile as if to say, "I know you want me, so show me the money you're willing to pay!"

"Now! Let the bidding begin at ten gold!"

Dozens of signs went up.

It had begun! Now was the time for Aetrius to act and push the bids as high as she could before her eighty gold ran out!

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Aetrius nodded as Linde and Kyero spoke back at the Pony, and she was prepared to leave when Linde stopped her and whispered in her ear saying that she wanted Aetrius to go back to Cre' Est with her for some time, that left her a bit empty of words, especially when she said she wanted Linde's parents to meet her. That then gave her more anxiety than she already had, but she managed to keep it down and go about it with a brave face, she would think about Linde's request later but now it was what they were going to do and succeed in.

After they arrived at the inn where the auction would be held, and after they made their way in and Aetrius made small talk with other real noblemen and women, the auction eventually began. And her heart raced, she hoped they wouldn't be singled out and targeted, but they managed to fool everyone where they were left alone in their part of the balcony and watched from above as the auction eventually started, and it was a very slow process. Slave after slave was bid upon until they were all bought out, until the very end, which Aetrius dreaded. It was the final auction, the real reason why they were there. She tried to remain calm as it was announced who the one was, and Aetrius' eyes widened and her heart sped up as she saw a tall, slender but built, red headed woman that strode out onto the stage wearing a surprisingly more modest slave's outfit and posed on the stage in multiple ways and waited for the bidding to begin. She wanted to stand up and give the highest bid as she was growing to impatient, but she remembered the plan and remained calm the best she could. The bidding began at a simple 10 gold, which almost everyone in the room shot their hand up, including Aetrius, but at a slower and more confident pace. Every few minutes they would look around at the bidders and nod, then would announce the next amount, which was 15 gold, which everyone yet again raised their hand. Aetrius wanted this to end, she wanted her to be able to have the highest bid and just be done with this, but she knew that if a new comer came in and bought out the most saught after slave it would arise suspicion.

So Aetrius played the waiting game. More bids went up, starting at twenty, and all the way to fifty gold, by this time many hands started to stop being raised, which Aetrius took note of. She peered over the side more, and saw Kieran better. She looked exactly the same as the day she left, just lacking more clothing. She felt her face grow red and hot, not from what others would have thought, lust or desire, but of anger and frustration. From knowing she failed at keeping her safe, and this was the life she lived. Eventually she was brought back to reality when she heard the man yell, "Seventy gold! Anyone?" Aetrius shot her hand up, as did three others, two men, one woman. Aetrius growled under her breath, and kept her hand up. The announcer smirked and looked around the room, eyeing Kieran with a disgusting look. Aetrius remained calm as much as she could, and looked around, "Do we hear, seventy five, gold?" he asked, Aetrius kept her hand up, and looked at the others from the corner of her eye. The two men put their hands down, remaining the woman and her. Aetrius smirked, she could tell the woman had money, but did she have the money Aetrius was willing to put on the line? Or at least bluff, more than likely. She remained seated, but looked down, Kieran had examined above, and even looked right at her, but from Aetrius' point of view and knowing how Kieran reacted to things, she knew Kieran didn't recognize her, not yet anyway.

The man moved a bit on the stage and looked back up, "Do I hear, Eighty gold?" Aetrius kept her hand up, and the other woman put her hand down and sighed, "She's worth it, but I'm not spending eighty gold on some whore." she mumbled. Aetrius growled under her breath, You will be the first to die, then...bitch... she mumbled in her mind. Aetrius looked back at the auctionier, and listened intently, "Eighty going once, twice, and thrice...That's it, the lady in the red wins the most prized slave, Kieran of Sahar-" but he was cut off as someone else in the other balcony shot up and yelled, "Two hundred gold!!" Aetrius' eyes widened, and her fists clenched, two hundred? From eighty to two hundred as soon as she would have been her's? Aetrius growled, and reluctantly put her hand down, and saw that Kieran looked saddened and reluctant, as she would have probably had a better owner with the unknown woman than with the otherwise hungry man. Aetrius sat back down in defeat and let the man take the bid, and sadly as it was, he was the last one to bid.

"And so, the lovely Kieran, The Flower Of Veilbrand, goes to the man that bid two hundred!!!"

Aetrius clenched her fists, and casually looked at Lolan and gave him a nod, signally for him to go to Kyero and Rose and to get ready to leave, watching as the winner nobleman was guided to the lower levels to claim his prize. Aetrius knew it, she knew they'd be taking the lower levels, not the exit Kyero thought. But as she turned back, Lolan had already left to fetch Kyero and Rose. She looked back at Linde and swiftly managed to leave the main auction room and swiftly began to make way to the lower levels, going after Kieran herself with Linde at her side.

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Aetrius was determined and was going to do whatever it took to get Kieran, as she walked with Linde it was obvious. But she was not expecting to be pulled backwards by Linde and then having her face be held by Linde as she spoke, questioning if she even had a plan for this. Aetrius gritted her teeth and then spoke with a hushed but purposeful voice, "Of course I have a plan for this. I had a hunch this would happen, so...So I kind of went against Kyero's orders of things and made my own....modifications to this place." she said as she pulled the skinning knife from her boot, and then looked behind a wall and the border of it, and removed a rather large dagger from its hiding place, as well as a sword. She turned back to Linde, "I came here earlier and planted several weapons and supplies here, I wouldn't go into this so blindly." she said with a slightly hurt voice, and started to walk away from Linde and back towards her goal.

"For once, Linde...You need to put some faith in me...You can either go this way with me, or you can leave now as you still can. Up to you, but my mind isn't being changed. Not while it's this close." she turned her back and walked at a brisk pace, but stopped as she reached a doorway, seeing heavily armed guards on the otherside, but as she examined the hallway she was currently in, their was a vent or at least crawlspace into the ceiling leading out of their room, she scaled the wall and easily got it, and looked back to Linde, "Last chance...You with me or no?" she said as she held her hand down to Linde, this time if Linde rejected, Aetrius would continue on without her from here on out. Even if this would end up getting her killed by the guards, or if they got out with few casualties and she ended up getting killed from Linde herself after giving her another angry speech, this was still worth it in her eyes.

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Lonán headed out of the Lion’s Inn, prepared to give Kyero the signal that the Auction was over and the Winner of Kieran was going to go for one of the exits. Then he’d wait for Linde and Aetri like planned so that they’d do their respective duties. Linde and Lonán to the Horses and Rose, and Kyero and Aetrius to Kieran. That was the plan going forward and he couldn’t wait to just travel out of this accursed city and back out onto the road to Cre’est or any of the other kingdoms again.

However, when Lonán gave the signal and waited for a minute, he started to get the faintest itch of worry in the world. A feeling so faint it is that of an ant, walking along brickwork. ”Something is going on. Something went wrong.” Lonán thought to himself. ”The winner either went somewhere else or Aetrius has gotten impatient. If it’s the latter, shoulder or no I’m going to....Heresta Damn it! I hope Kyero catches on!”

He gave a worried glance up at Kyero as if to ask what should they do now. But he knew that if they wanted a quick getaway from whatever is going on, he’d have to get Rose and round up the horses himself. Of course, Hawk would be his responsibility as he knew the stallion was stubborn in the middle of the night. He’d wait another minute, or for a Signal from Kyero to head to the Inn, then hurry to do just that.

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In the tunnels, Linde looked to Aetrius with shock as she saw weapons being pulled from the walls and other hiding places. She had been with Aetrius for almost the entire day. When did she come down here without her to plant these items?

... Seems there was much more to her stealthy ways than met the eye.

When Aetrius offered her hand to Linde, she grabbed it without hesitation and hoisted herself up with Aetrius.

"I'm with you... But next time could you tell me about this before hand? You almost gave me a heart attack charging forward like that." She whispered with a smile.



Meanwhile...

Kyero observed Lonan's exit and waited for the sign to leave, and as Lonan gave him the signal that the auction was over he nodded. But there was no further confirmation of a destination like he'd told them to give him.

Kyero told them clearly that Lonan was to wait and see which exit the man took before reporting so Kyero would know exactly where to go. Aetrius must have jumped the gun and told Lonan to leave right as the auction ended before Lonan could see which exit the man/woman took.

"Dammit all!" Kyero growled on his perch and leaped off the roof, landing on the street beside Lonan.

"The time for contingencies is upon us. Go back to the inn and gather the horses and our supplies. Take them all to the South Gate and wait for us there."

With that, Kyero burst through the doors into the inn and smashed the heads of the guards near the entrance before diving down into the tunnels to find Linde and Aetrius. Whatever was going on down here, they'd need his help.

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