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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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As the ten guards approached the three women, suddenly a giant red splatter erupted onto the walls from the back of the group accompanied by a horrible shriek. The guards froze and turned just in time to see another splatter spray across the ceiling, and just like that two of their men were dead.

"What the fuck?!" Yelled one guard.

"It's the Red-ACK!" Screamed another as his head was lopped off and kicked over the group rolling to Aetrius and Kieran's feet with Linde in the back going a bit pale.

"Oh no..."

Three down, seven to go. And despite the confined space within the tunnels Kyero moved as if he was out in the open fields. Every millimeter of space was taken advantage of. Sometimes he was so close to being cut by their weapons the others were certain he had been cut. But he didn't take a single slice as his brightly glowing red eyes illuminated the tunnel.

The first of seven approached from the right side aiming to take his head off. Kyero ducked under it, the blade missing his hair by a single millimeter at best. His left hand dagger shot out and disemboweled the man causing him to fall to his knees holding his entrails in his shocked hands.

The second approached from the right immediately after giving him no time to change his direction. However, he didn't need to. Instead, he simply parried the incoming blade with his own and used his left blade to slice the man's body from groin all the way out the top of his skull splitting the front of his body in half, but leaving his spinal chord in tact so it couldn't fall apart completely.

The third and fourth attacked at the same time, with Kyero flipping over both of them by planting his daggers down through their skulls and out their bottom jaws. As his feet touched down he pushed the blades forward splitting their heads, and by proxy their faces, down the center. They both fell forward with their eyes beginning to fall out of the sockets and brains spilling out the open split.

The fifth, sixth, and seventh all tried to rush him in a triangle formation, and Kyero responded by planting the blades into the ground and using them as a hand-held platform to lift his lower body into the air and extend a spinning double kick around to kick all of them in the head sending them flying to the ground. Yanking the blades out without ever touching the ground, he flipped onto his feet and extended the blades outwards to decapitate all three as they stood up.

Kyero put his blades away and glared up at Aetrius and Kieran, catching a glimpse of Linde in the back looking horrified at his appearance.

"... Glad to see you found her, but you forgot to wait to show Lonan which exit the winner was going through before sending him to report to me..." Kyero growled, his eyes flashing brilliantly before returning to their normal glow level.

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Character Portrait: Kyero Character Portrait: Linde Xe' Almna Character Portrait: Lonán Arzura Character Portrait: Korriban "Aetrius" Borral Character Portrait: Kieran Borral
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Aetrius and Kieran were prepared to fight off as many as they could, but before even their blades clashed with the guards', blood splattered and covered the room and utter chaos and mayhem rang out as an all too familiar figure entered the room. Kyero... Lolan did get him, good. But after the bloodbath ended, Aetrius looked at Kyero who stood up and with an obviously angry tone spoke to her. Aetrius glared back at Kyero and spoke up, "You don't always have to be the one to do this, ya know? We would have been just fine without you coming in at that very moment. While I do appreciate your help, I could have-No, would have handled this by myself." she said angrily as she examined the room. Kieran looked at Aetrius, then back at Kyero with a look of shock and confusion. "Wait...Let me get this right. That's Kyero, the Red Eyed Demon, and you...You're friends with him, Korriban?" she asked in an obviously very confused state.

Aetrius looked at her as she quickly looted the bodies for what she could get, which was some money and more armor tossing it to Kieran who quickly put it on, even with the quickly drying blood. "Look, a lot has happened in the past few years...We'll talk about it all later when we're not fleeing for our lives, but yes. Kyero and I are, other guess you could say friends. While he is deadly, he is an ally to us, okay? Just trust me on this, Kieran." she said standing back up, now with some leather armor of her own and sheathed one of the swords by her side. Kieran looked on in confusion at the new friends that her sister acquired, "Okay...But you'll owe me a few drinks, got that? You know I can't take much in when I'm sober." she said with a light chuckle. Aetrius grinned and nodded, "After all of this is done, I think we'll all need some drinks...Now, let's get back to Lolan and Rose, we need to get out of here." she said as she pressed on, back the way they came. As Aetrius led them, Kieran walked beside her and whispered in her ear, "So, Linde...She's your girlfriend, huh? Finally landed one, aye old chap? Took ya long enough, sis. She's also rather hot, if I'm gonna be honest." she said with a chuckle at the end, purposefully trying to make Aetrius get flustered.

She groaned at Kieran's comment about Linde and continued marching on down the tunnel, "Yes, Linde is...She's something. But don't let her pretty face fool you, she's...terrifying at times." she gave a slight chuckle, but contained a serious look on her face and led the others to another part of the tunnels, seeing more guards flood the underground, "Don't let them escape!" one of them shouted. Aetrius grinned and peered over at Kieran, who only looked at her and grinned back, knowing exactly what she was planning on as she noticed her go for the pouch by her side, "I think it's wise to cover your nose and mouth, you two." she said as Kieran and Aetrius did so, and Aetrius took out the second to last smoke bomb, and tossed it at the soldiers. A cloud of smoke filled the room and coughing could be heard, and as the soldiers struggled, Aetrius and Kieran charged them keeping their mouths covered until the smoke died down and engaged in combat as they had the upper hand thanks to some masks they procured. When the dust settled, it revealed Aetrius and Kieran standing victorious over four dead bodies, as Kieran and Aetrius dispatched of the final guard together, both plunging their swords into his chest and abdomen, dropping his lump body to the ground. Aetrius motioned the others to join them as they proceeded to escape the tunnels and out of Valoc.

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Kyero simply glared at Aetrius as she made her remarks about having been fine without him.

"It wasn't about doing it alone. It was about sticking to the plan."

He sighed.

"Fine. So long as you have your sister back let's get out of here."

Kyero and Linde followed Aetri and Kieran out of the tunnels and into Valoc proper and headed for the South Gate on Kyero's urging since that's where he sent Lonan. He and Rose would meet them there.

"Stick with these two, Linde. I'm going to scout ahead and make sure your path remains clear."

Linde nodded and Kyero departed for the rooftops leaving her in the care of the sisters.

"So... Kieran?" She called as she jogged up beside them.

"I don't believe we've formally met. My name is Linde Xe' Almna. It's a pleasure to meet you after all I've heard." She said, extending her hand to Kieran.

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Aetrius glared just as hard back at Kyero as he spoke, he had a point but she wasn't as foolish or naive as he made her out to be. She nodded as he left and made her way to the horses where Lolan and Rose were and spoke with Rose, "We'll be getting you out of here soon, sweetheart." she gave the girl a smile, which resulted in Rose smiling back. Kieran had turned to look at Linde as she introduced herself and smiled a bit, "Pleasure to meet you, hun. Name's Kieran Borral, obviously I'm Korriban's sister. Glad to see she found someone to be with, always told her she would. Glad to know she got someone who's not bad on the eyes." she said as she looked up at Aetrius, who only glared at her as she tossed Kieran a robe to put on.

"Good god, Kie. You're still like this, even now? And it's Aetrius, no longer Korriban..." she said as she felt her face turning a bright shade of red as Kieran commented on Linde's appearance. "Still like what? A tease? Yes, yes I am. And Aetrius, huh? Interesting choice, but okay." She said with a grin and put the robe on, covering her mostly unclothed form and to disguise herself for the most part. "You'll ride with Rose, Kieran. Linde, you're with me." she said as she helped Linde by pulling her onto the back of Bree, and they adjusted themselves properly on the horses, Aetrius grabbed the reigns and looked towards the others, "Let's get out of this shit hole, shall we?" she said as she led the others where Kyero had gone, making sure the way was indeed safe. Kieran looked at Aetrius as they began their way out, "So, who's the kid? Another friend or what?" she asked in reference to Rose who she was stuck with for this portion. "Rose? She was a slave, like us....Helped her get out, and am going to help her start over when we get out of here."

Kieran gave her a smile and a soft chuckle, "Always were surprisingly soft when it came to kids, and slaves...Haven't changed a bit, have you?" she chuckled softly. Aetrius chuckled as well and shook her head, "When people deserve freedom, yes. As for changing...There's more than you know, Kie..Again, for another time though." she said as she looked back at Linde and gave her a sheepish smile, "P-promise you're not mad at me?" she said a bit nervously as she looked back ahead of them, preparing to receive a hit on the head or worse from Linde as a form of reprimand for pulling a stunt that could have ended far worse.

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Linde listened to the exchange between Kieran and Aetri and chuckled softly. And by the time they were on horseback, she wrapped her arms around Aetri's stomach and sighed contently as she rested her head on Aetri's shoulder.

When Aetri asked to promise that she wasn't mad, Linde only smiled and closed her eyes.

"... I'm not mad, my love." She whispered.

She leaned up and kissed Aetri's cheek, then put her head back on her shoulder.

"But I am getting sleepy... I don't suppose we can quickly make camp outside of the city can we? I don't know how much longer I can stay awake." She said softly.

Meanwhile, as they approached the South Gate, Kyero was there waiting for them having already knocked out the guards stationed there and thrown their bodies inside a nearby shack.

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Aetrius blushed as Linde said she wasn't mad at her and wrapped her arms around her, cuddling a bit. She chuckled softly and shook her head, "We'll need to make sure they don't know where we went, otherwise they'll easily track us and just cause more trouble than good...and I don't want an innocent village of people being killed because of us...But soon, soon you'll be able to rest, Linde." she gently caressed her hands, and rode up to Kyero, and when they were all together again, "Good job, now. We're to? Far enough from here I'd assume so they can't track us, Kyero?" she asked as she could hear some yelling a good distance away, obvious that the people from the auction were already aware of what happened and were after them.

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Kyero nodded to Aetrius.

"Yes. The mountains along the North side of the nation run a line halfway through it, so you'll need to go around them to reach Cre' Est's border. Southeast is your best heading." He said calmly.

He looked back at the streets, hearing the yelling grow louder.

"Go on. I'll catch up with you all by morning. Scaring these half wits into fleeing the other way shouldn't be too much trouble." He said with a smile while drawing his orichalcum daggers and letting his eyes glow brighter.

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Aetrius nodded and looked in the direction he put and mentally noted where they were told to go. "Alright, will do. I'll lead them there safely. And...Kyero..." she called to him before he left to go deal with the angry auction leaders, "Thank you...We'll see you at the border...Be safe." she said, even though she knew he would be fine, she thought she at least owed him a small bit of kindness as he did help her with about everything up to this point. She looked at the others and led the group to the Cre Est's border, and headed to southeast, whever they would find themselves she wasn't sure, all she cared about was getting out of Veilbrand, to a safe place, and drinks and sleep. That is all she desired at the moment, and would eventually get it when they arrived to a safe place.

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Lonán regrouped with the others as they got on their horses and began to follow them, giving Kyero a good luck wave. He then adopted a small frown as he took his time to ride closer to Aetrius and Linde. ”You were deadly close to losing my trust there Korriban.” Lonán said in a serious tone, his eyes, normally calm and topaz, began to flare like fiery dragon ambers. ”Be lucky that going with a contingency plan without telling your allies paid off this time, but Share with the group. We’re all friends here you should know that! I freaking gave you stories of my life!”

Lonán took a deep breath and sighed. ”But I forgive you Aetrius. You got your sister out, that’s all that matters.” He said more calmly. He turned and gave Kieran a small wave. ”Good to meet Aetrius’ sister at last! Lonán Arzura of the Arzura Warrior Clan.”

Hawk huffed a bit as Lonán looked at him. ”Oh, and this is Hawk. He loves attention at times. At any rate, it is good meet ya.” He added with a grin. With that, he kept following them, keeping a good watch as best he can until they can reach, or make shelter.

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Arc 2: A Warrior’s Honor



Three days later…

The group had fallen asleep off the side of the main road leading Northwest out of Veilbrand back up towards Cre’ Est, having rounded the corner of the mountain range. Another two days or so and they’d be in Cre’ Est.

And what roused them from their slumber were the sounds of horses stampeding towards them.

The group all got up as quickly as they could and prepared for battle, but battle isn’t what came their way. Instead, what they found was a sight which they could only marvel at.

It was a woman clad in… Fairly revealing armor, going toe to toe with what appeared to be a group of Rogues which were similar to bandits, but had a more organized structure and sometimes even had entire miniature societies. And what was more amazing was that she was holding her own.

She rode astride her own steed, a beautiful golden palomino with a black mane and tail and small dark brown/black stockings on its legs. The woman in question raised a beautiful sword above her head and charged the six Rogues without fear and a mighty battle cry. The Rogues galloped towards her with their own weapons drawn.

The clash which took place afterwards was tremendous and, dare they say it, beautiful. Like most things about this woman the way she fought had a certain elegance to it. Regal, even. Every motion was clean, precise, practiced, and perfectly on point. Each strike and slash on target. It didn’t take more than a few minutes for her to take all of the Rogues down save one which galloped towards the group with a naginata drawn and ready to strike them down.

However, as he rode up and attempted to line up his weapon to strike down Lonan who was the closest, the woman’s blade appeared through his chest and he fell off his horse to the ground. The horse rode away into the distance, and the woman trotted her steed up to them and hopped out of the saddle. She drew her sword from the man’s dead body, and lifted her helmet slightly to give them a better view of her emerald green eyes. Framed perfectly by her flowing blonde hair, which almost seemed to have a pink shine in the sunlight of all colors, those emerald eyes scanned them all in turn.

”Greetings, travelers. I pray you are all unharmed?” She asked, looking at Lonan as she sheathed her weapon.

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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 was sleeping when he heard the noises of battle. He quickly got up and drew his sword and prepared for battle, despite his injured shoulder. ”Come on, who wants to face my blade today?” He said under his breath, ready for whatever came to pass. However, it seemed fate had other plans for what came to pass.

Lonán, along with any of the others that were awake, watched in slight amazement as a warrior woman fought off several rouges, and the fight was heading their way! He saw one of them with a nagniata poised to strike him and he got into a ready stance with his blade, one that put less stress on his injured shoulder, but he had to until he healed. He was ready to fight. ”Heresta watch my battle!” He Mentally prayed as all of a sudden, the man was impaled by the stranger’s sword.

What came next was the woman dismounting and removing her helmet. Lonán could feel a rising blush on his cheeks as he struggled to maintain his composure as he sheathed his weapon as he looked at the woman with a nod. ”I believe we are all unharmed, are we alright everyone?” Lonán asked towards Linde, Aetrius and the rest. After seeing their replies he turned to the stranger again. ”Well met and thanks are in order. I am Lonán Arzura of the Arzura Clan, and you are?”

He said this introduction with a slightly suppressed blush, as Lonán was trying to keep calm. He didn’t know what to think. ”What in Heresta’s name is wrong with me? My heart’s going crazy! Is it the fact I almost went into battle? The woman or her choice of attire?! I’ll have to ask Linde later.” He thought, all the while rubbing his sore shoulder.

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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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Their treck was a long one, a surprisingly long one, but when Kyero had rejoined with them, a weight was lifted off of Aetrius' shoulders. They traveled for a few days when they took camp, and Aetrius managed to sleep, knowing that Kieran was safe and with them relieved most of her stress. But her peaceful sleep was suddenly awoken when they heard horses coming their way, Aetrius' heart skipped a beat when she heard the horses and shouting, as it would only have been one thing, the people from the auction somehow managed to find them and were hunting them down. She, as well as the others scrambled to their feet and armed themselves, but what awaited them was something Aetrius never expected.

It was a group of bandits going against one female warrior, all by herself. Aetrius was going to join in and help her, as well as Kieran, but they were only able to stand by and watch as the woman managed to single handedly fought off all of them, swiftly and almost in a beautiful and dance fashion. Aetrius watched as her draw dropped, and she stood their awstruck as one individual managed to fight off a whole group of people. When all was said and done, she expected her to attack them as well, and readied her hand at her side to go for her sword if needed be, seeing how she was already in her armor, and her hair tied tightly to her head, as it had started growing slowly over time. But that is not how the stranger acted, instead the woman walked up to them peacefully and asked how they were fairing, Aetrius looked as Lolan introduced himself and said that he was well, as well as the others.

Aetrius stepped forth and spoke with a slight tone of uncertainty of the woman, but enough courtesy as to not ward her off. "Like Lolan, I can suppose we're all managing, if not shaken up by the least. Aetrius is the name.", she started, and was about to end it there, but she decided to reveal more than she wouldn't normally, "Of House Borral, we appreciate the help, but...You didn't have to. Why did you, if you don't mind me asking." she said as she kept Linde and Kieran close and behind her, incase she needed to shield them from any attack, as this could possibly be an ambush as things went too well with the new girl. "Like our friend Lolan said...Who are you, love?"

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The woman removed her helmet letting her golden hair billow out behind her as she shook her head.

... She was Heresta made flesh, down to almost the very last detail. Even the very nature of how her hair flowed was captured perfectly from the statues and artistic interpretations of the Goddess of Battle that Aetri, Lonan, and Kieran would remember from childhood and even more recently.

"You may call me Josephine, of House Dezantro. I hail from Triveila."

She straightened her back as she tucked her helmet under her arm.

"I spent the last month in Dead Man's Cove in Southern Veilbrand on business and made the decision to return home to Triveila. I was on my way up the road when I was beset upon by these now former Rogues. A minor distraction, to be sure."

She turned on her heel and gave a whistle which immediately got her mount's attention as it trotted up to her side.

"Now, if you'll all excuse me I must be on my way. Safe travels be with you all."

She twisted her hair into a bun and tucked it under her helmet as she put it back on her head and mounted her steed, preparing to depart.

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Aetrius listened as the woman introduced herself as Josephine of House Dezantro, from Triveila. Her eyes widened at the name, she wasn't their daughter, was she? Especially hailing from Triveila, she had no mistaking it. She was a born warrior and was a natural at if if anything less. As Josephine explained herself, but then pardoned herself after making sure they were all alright, Aetrius stepped forward again, "Wait, Josephine. Please, if you want, you can tag along with us if you wish. We're headed for Cre' Est for a short visit, and after that, we're not sure yet. We just left Veilbrand, and wouldn't mind having someone else join our group." she said with a silver tongue, but was being genuine with her words. She pondered for a moment and looked at the woman, examining her from head to toe, but quickly scanned over the parts of her that were not fully clothed, just examining her for whether she was about to make the right offer or not.

"What I'm requesting is, join us. Even if it's only for a short time, come with us to Cre' Est. Seeing as how you are more than capable with a blade, some may say you could possibly match or even outmatch me and Lolan combined-" Aetrius was cut off as an, "Ahem" came from Kieran who was standing behind her, "And Kieran, or hell, you could probably even stand toe to toe with Kyero. But my point or well, my offer is, come with us to Cre' Est, even if it's only until we reach the border, then you can go back where you were headed. For now, I think large groups would be safe to travel in. Besides, I think we wouldn't have a problem having a new comer tag along, even if it's only for a short time. But if you reject, we understand. Just thought I'd offer on our small group's be hath as a way of saying thank you for your unexpected help. And if you reject, may Heresta bless you and keep you safe, m'lady." she said as she brought her right hand up to her heart in a first and gave Josephine a small bow, only bending from the waist up, signalling the Saharan salute for well being and departure.

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Lonán felt his heart hammering in his chest at the newcomer’s name. He nodded as he gave out a small, slightly stuttered, ”P-Pleased to meet you.” This didn’t make sense to him, usually he’d be more calmer in introductions, but this Josephine, who looked like Heresta made flesh, managed to tongue tie and befuddle him. She was going to Triveila, which was past Cre’est so having her join them, at least for awhile wouldn’t be too bad.

”It’d give me time to sort out what’s going on with me, or maybe get to know her more... Oh Heresta, please give me the strength to keep calm!” He thought as he then began to listen to Aetrius making a case for Josephine to join them. However when he heard that Josephine might be better then himself and Aetrius combined, he gave the latter a hard glare. ”Why you!” He seethed mentally as he prepared to march straight to Aetrius but Hawk, being disturbed by all the ruckus, had moved in front of his master with the intent to make him rub his neck to greet him good morning and to calm down whatever stress the Saharan was feeling.

”Morning to you too buddy.” he muttered as he rubbed the horse’s neck as the horse exhaled a huff. Mission accomplished in Hawk’s book. ”Interesting, think that woman can take me Hawk?”

Hawk’s right ear twitched as the stallion gave him a look as if to say “At your current state? Are you kidding? She’d wipe the floor with you!” Lonán deadpanned at the look. ”Worried about a Horse’s criticism again.. My shoulder must be sore again.” He looked at Josephine to listen for her answer, trying really hard to look her in the eyes and not to wander any lower, the hints of the earlier blush still on his face.

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Josephine listened to Aetrius speak, and arched an eyebrow.

"Kyero?" She asked aloud, more thinking to herself though as she glanced to the man in the hood.

I suppose that's Kyero there. She thought.

She considered Aetrius' words, but found them less than convincing. When Lonan spoke, stuttering that it was nice to meet her, she sighed softly through her nose.

"The pleasure was mine, sir." She replied.

He wandered off to his horse, and Josephine looked towards her destination before glancing back to Aetrius and the others.

"Apologies, but my goal is to reach Triveila within the fortnight. Stopping in Cre' Est would delay my arrival, so I must decline your offer."

She had begun to turn her steed when Linde spoke up, pushing past Aetrius and Kieran.

"Perhaps, if I may?"

She paused her horse again, a slightly irritated sigh escaping her lips as she looked back towards Linde.

"The roads between here and Cre' Est are unsafe. Despite your obvious combat prowess it would be dangerous for you to go alone. At least allow us to accompany you on your way. We have horses of our own and can keep pace until we reach the border, as Aetrius suggested, and then we can go our separate ways. Would you allow us that much at least? It would help us sleep better knowing that you were not alone out here."

Josephine eyed Linde warily, her face empty of emotion but her eyes suggesting a searching of Linde's very soul.

"... If you believe that your mounts can keep pace with my own, you are welcome to come with me to the border. Beyond that, I must make for Triveila straight away."

She turned her horse and began to trot down the road at a brisk but easily managed clip. Linde looked to the others with a smile.

"She doesn't look like she's waiting for us, so may I suggest we move quickly to catch up to her? We're barely dressed for traveling as it is."

And it was true. They'd woken up and scrambled to be combat ready so they were still mostly in sleep wear. It was time to get dressed and follow her before she disappeared from sight!

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Lonán watched as Linde negotiated with Josephine before realizing that the latter must be ready to go now. He began to look at most of the others before running to get ready the rest of the way. He didn’t want to wait another second if he wanted to keep up with this woman.

He quickly got himself dressed and his supplies packed and he was astride Hawk within the next three minutes. He then urged the horse to start moving to keep up with Josephine’s, just to prove he can keep up with her. Lonán’s heart was still drumming away but he would not let that distract him on the road ahead. He had to focus on the task at hand.

”So, Triveila within a fortnight? What is this business that requires you to be there within that time, may I ask Miss Dezantro?” He asked, feeling curious as to try and get to know her in the time that they had. ”Or May I call you by your first name Miss Josephine?” Hawk twitched an ear as if he was approving what his master was trying to do.

”Yes, best foot forward at least. Mum would be proud in my next letter at least.” He thought as he rode.

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Aetrius watched and listened as the woman easily dismissed their request to join them at least until she made it to the border of Cre' Est, and she growled slightly. Apparently she was going to be an even harder egg to crack. But as the woman clearly had no intention of sticking around and started to leave in the direction they were headed, they all scrambled to get their things, and Aetrius pulled Linde up onto the back of Bree as she had already mounted and took off at a faster pace than the others, at Josephine's notion of them not being able to keep up with her horse. Aetrius knew what Bree was capable of, she went from a slave and circus horse to a mighty and fast warrior horse, and she easily passed up Josephine and kept the lead of their caravan. As they proceeded, Aetrius was giving off an obvious aura of jealousy, as well as somewhat of a hurt sense of pride, and if Linde was smart enough she'd recognize it and try to help Aetrius clear her head. "Who does she think she is anyway...And after I offered her to come with us...." she mumbled softly, almost above a whisper for anyone else to hear, but Bree caught onto her attitude and huffed as well as flicked Aetrius with her tail, "Not in the mood, Bree." she growled, which only resulted in Aetrius growling again and slouching a bit in the saddle, the expression on her face was one of less than amusement.

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Aetrius remained silent all the while Lolan and their recent companion Josephine engaged in conversation, as well as Rose and Kieran talked amongst themselves in the back of the group. But as Kieran looked ahead, she saw that Aetrius was clearly upset or at least in a weird mindset, so she caused their horse to trot up to Aetrius' and Linde's horse and was currently wearing an armor set that Aetrius loaned her, and looked at Aetrius as she tried to figure out what was wrong, "You alright, Kor-I mean Aetrius? You see...Off." she asked with a genuine sense of concern in her voice.

Aetrius' right eyebrow twitched at Kieran's question and remained silent, but spoke up after a minute, "It's nothing, Kie. I'm fine." she said as her voice gave way to clearly not being alright, as it was a different tone and seemed to crack under some sort of stress. Kieran eyed them weirdly, and then grinned, "You sure it's not something Linde said...Or did?" she said softly in Aetrius' ear, as she looked back at Linde and gave her a wink and sly grin. Aetrius rolled her eyes and groaned as she slightly slouched again in the saddle, "What are you trying to get at, Kieran?" she said with an obviously annoyed tone. Kieran chuckled and shook her head, "Oh please, you know exactly what I'm getting at. You two have...ya know, right?" she gave her sister a teasing grin as they continued heading forward. Aetrius felt her face and ears turn a bright red color as she heard Kieran talk, and she shook her head and growled at Kieran. "Th-that isn't exactly a question to ask..." she asked as she only felt her face grow a darker shade of red.

Kieran gave her sister a hardy chuckle and playfully punched her arm, "I'm just messing with you, Aetri. You know that, right?" she couldn't help but continue to chuckle at the expense of Aetrius, who only slumped more into the saddle as they continued to Cre' Est.

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Aetrius listened as Linde told her that she would like Cre' Est, and that it was welcoming to everyone, even her. She couldn't help but chuckle at that and shook her head, "They won't welcome someone like me...Trust me...But...Perhaps I'll like it there..." she said softly, and they kept on ahead, eventually coming up to that three way split in the road, Aetrius looked at the others and awaited for them.

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As they approached the split, Josephine veered right following the advice of the others. Since they agreed to part ways later on down the road she stayed behind Aetrius' horse as they continued with the sun going down. And then they pitched camp.

Josephine pitched her tent on the opposite side of camp from the others, wishing for a respectable distance for her sleeping space. But when it came to eating, she sat around the fire and elected to sit next to Kyero, of all people. And the entire time she tried to sneak peeks beneath his hood to see his face, but Kyero's subtle turns of his head kept her from seeing him. And it was obviously irritating her.

And as they ate, she did so in silence while the others shared small talk.

”Lonan. Do you have anymore stories about your grandfather?”

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As they made their way and continued on down the path at the three way forked path, the sun eventually began to go down, and they soon made camp in a large enough and assumed to be safe enough place for them to make camp. Once they decided to set up camp there, they unloaded their supplies, and as Rose and the others set up camp, pitching the tents and making a fire, Aetrius and Kieran agreed to go hunting for dinner. Aetrius grabbed her bow and hunting knife, and took off with Kieran into the woods, in search of food. They made their way rather deep into the woods when Kieran spoke softly to Aetrius, "How long have you been with them..? The group, I mean? And, what was her name again, Linde?" she questioned as she stayed behind the one with a bow, Aetrius nodded silently as they proceeded through the forest in search for food.

They crouched low behind a rather large rock, "I've been with them for a few weeks now...About a month now, I believe? I originally met them in Atlum, helped a village, and then...Kind of went to Veilbrand when I heard you were there..." she said softly, voice growing a bit soft as she spoke of the later. "I found the man that hurt you, Kieran...I made him pay...and Linde? Heh, what she did to him...Would have even made mom proud. And as for when we got together...Only a few weeks ago." she turned back and examined the surroundings, still no sign of any game around. Kieran listened to Aetrius tell of her time in Atlum with the others and how she found her assailant and what happened to him, and how their mother would have been proud, she chuckled and nodded, "I'm sure mother would have been proud of what you and Linde did...Thank you, Aetrius...I'm...I'm just happy to see you...I've missed you.." she said softly, as she looked down and gently placed her hand on Aetrius' and gently squeezed it, which Aetrius only did in return. She was about to answer, but a noise came off from in the distance, as they peered over their hiding spot, they spotted a massive buck, slowly making its way through the forest. Aetrius readied her bow and kept her eye trailing it as the deer slowly made its way past them, she slowly rose up, and let the arrow loose, watching as it tagged the deer by piercing its hind leg and it took off as well as it could, with an obvious limp.

The two girls nodded at each other and took off after it, following the blood trail at a decent pace, making sure to remember where they came from and where they were headed. Eventually they arrived at a clearing, where the deer was clearly slowing down as they saw plenty of blood puddles and patches all around, Aetrius readied another arrow and watched as it pierced the deer's heart and the buck fell over, its last breath exiting its mouth as it crumbled to the ground. Aetrius nodded at Kieran and they both made their way to the deer, Aetrius retrieved her arrow from the door, and they picked it up and made their way back to where the others were. As they made their way back to the camp, they had only been gone for about an hour, at maximum at least two. But they dropped the deer on the table and Kieran began prepping the other food as Aetrius began her work on the deer.

The others were talking, setting the tent up, and what not, as Aetrius took out her hunter's knife and began to make swift and easy work of the deer, its pelt and skin came off like as if they were nothing, and she tossed it to Kieran for her to clean it and prepare it for selling later on when they arrived at Cre' Est. But after that, that is where Aetrius' skills with hunting shone through, she make a quick and swift swipe on the deer's belly, and its guts slowly poured out, after she removed the entrails and blood and gore, she gave them to Kieran as well, as Saharan's never waste product from an animal, as well as they could make simple and delicious meals with the liver and stomach. Once Aetrius was finished cutting the meat into pieces and sections, she put aside what they'd be using for tonight, and then put the rest in salt so it would be kept preserved for a later date. She gathered some spices, herbs, vegetables, and some eggs and made a simple meal of venison, eggs, and vegetables. She portioned it out to the others when it was done, and took a plate for herself and took a seat on one of the logs next to Linde and listened as Linde asked if Lolan had wanted to share another story.

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Lonán was sitting across from Kyero, and slightly glared at the red eyed demon for stealing the newcomer’s attention, however he also knew this meant if she saw what was underneath the hood, the mother of all misunderstandings would occur. At Linde’s question he gave a large smile. ”Do I ever. Being in a Warrior Clan means you have to know a good chunk of your family history.” He answered, ”Let me tell you about his assistance to the group of warriors deeply devoted to Heresta. This is the tale of the Iron Wolf, and the Lionesses of Heresta. ‘Twas almost a year after his fight with Zankor Clan...”

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The Iron Wolf had received word of a Group of Warriors known as The Lionesses of Heresta in need of extra help with a dangerous hunt. He arrived at the village they had stopped at on horseback. He approached the Inn, dusting his travel clothes as he entered. He walked silently towards the bar and tapped with his knuckles. “Icefire, pint glass, throw a dash of scotch in it.” He ordered as the bartender got to work on his drink, he heard several chuckles as he turned and saw several women in different sets of armor in different sets of fighting styles.

“That’s a Baby drink if we’ve ever heard of it.” Said one woman. “I bet ten doesn’t come close to what Sigrun Drinks. We nickname it ‘Strong Shit’.”

Magnus’ eyebrow twitched. They did not just challenge him and his favorite beverage and attempt to get away with it! He slammed a gold coin on the table. “Make it eleven!” He shouted as he got onto a spare table, “Bring this woman before me and we’ll see who outdrinks who!” Then he watched as one of the women stood up, and approached him. She sat before him and gave a friendly smile.

“Any stakes? How about I win you give me your name.” She said with a slight smirk and a wink. Magnus’ face darkened. “I doubt I’ll lose, cause the stuff I drink? Really is strong stuff.”

“If I win however Miss Sigrun?” That Question was received with a strong hand grasping the collar of his tunic.

“Call me miss and I’ll suplex you into next week stranger. I am the Eldest daughter of the Leader of the Lionesses of Beloved Heresta, so don’t ‘Miss’ Me!” She shouted angrily. “Brunhild! Bring two pints of scotch and pour the glass of vodka in each one!” Thus the drinking contest known in Arzura family history known as ‘The Great Drink off’ began. Magnus drank his ten and Sigrun drank her first. Magnus began to look like he was beginning to regret his decision.

“I lost... I don’t think I can hold it, I’m Magnus Arzura...can you ask one of your friends to bring me a bucket Miss-“ He was grabbed the moment Miss was heard, as the Lionesses began to panic.

“Sigrun! That’s the Iron Wolf!” They all shouted.

“Well he shouldn’t ‘Miss’ me!” Was all Magnus heard when he was suddenly suplexed onto the table with a crash.


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”He woke up the next day with Sigrun sitting next to his bedside with a very sorry look on her face. Then they joined forces and hardly left each other’s side for a long time. Until Grandmother died when I was ten. You see, this story is how The Old Wolf met my grandmother. She was a fierce warrior, and a good teacher, and grandmother. I still believe to this day since the day of her death, the Old Wolf misses her greatly.” He concluded, with a sad laugh and a big smile on his face, recalling the time he spent with Her.

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Linde, upon seeing Aetrius bring back the deer, skin it, gut it, and prepare it, lost some of the color in her face and had to excuse herself as she began urping. She never lost anything from her stomach, but she came close.

Meanwhile, as Lonan began his story he had garnered a specific individual's undivided attention all the way to the final word.

"Ooohhh..." Josephine whispered.

"So your grandmother was a Lioness of Heresta? I've heard of their group, but I've never had the pleasure of meeting or sparring with them myself. Do you know your grandmother's style well enough to demonstrate some of their techniques?" She asked with a slight twinkle in her eyes.

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”To answer your first question Miss Dezantro, yes she was. She was the Daughter of Cinder Gray, The Leader of the Lionesses at the time. The Eldest to be specific.” Lonán answered as he began to stand up slowly. ”And I watched her several times to learn some of her basic moves, as well as her signature, however I will demonstrate the basic techniques.”


He walked a few paces but stayed in the firelight. ”So, for your viewing pleasure, I give you, the Desert Lion’s Fist.” He said, as he got into a stance and began to demonstrate several strikes and blocks, recalling how Sigrun demonstrated the proper stance and basic unarmed techniques for the purposes of self defense. She wanted to ensure not only was he good with the blade like his Grandfather and Father, but that his very body, his very fists would be a weapon should he be without either.

The movements lasted for a good four and a half minutes. By the time he stopped he got back into the ready stance of the technique. ”And that is the basics of my Grandmother’s style. I’ve been trying to make my own style by meshing it along with my Grandfather’s sword style together but I’ve not Figured out how well they could cohesively meld.” He said shyly, rubbing the back of his neck.