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Linde Xe' Almna

"Kyero is the Red-Eyed Demon, but he's also a human being."

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

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Linde Xe' Almna

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Age: 21
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
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Basic Personality: Linde is a very kind and compassionate woman who, as a doctor, seeks only to heal and do right by others. Her love of life drives her every decision, and she would sooner cut both her hands off than allow them to be used for killing someone else. However, she does have an edge to her. As the daughter of a Cre' Itian general, she has been taught confidence, self discipline and self respect, and the mindset of a proud warrior. She will kick your ass, and tend to your wounds directly after no matter the circumstances. To date, Linde has only let one person die in her care... And it is a death that haunts her every day.

Basic Background: Linde was born as the daughter of a Cre' Itian general who taught her a warrior's discipline and pride, and a mother who was a doctor and taught her nurturing and kindness. Blending the best of both worlds, Linde became a doctor herself and a self-appointed protector of her community in the capitol city of Cre' Est. She earned the nickname the "Angelic Knight of Cre' Est" for her kindness and tenacity in combat whenever her community was threatened by bandits, rogues, thieves, or whoever. Linde's most famous feat was defeating a mercenary named Carnal, and after soundly defeating him took him to her clinic to tend to his wounds before sending him on his way. However, Linde has one bit of baggage hanging onto her... Which you'll learn about in the RP.

So begins...

Linde Xe' Almna's Story

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Character Portrait: Linde Xe' Almna Character Portrait: Lonán Arzura Character Portrait: Korriban "Aetrius" Borral Character Portrait: Josephine Dezantro Character Portrait: Kieran Borral
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Aetrius listened to the others as they spoke of their stories and tales, and couldn't help but admit that some were indeed intriguing, and she had interest, at least it was until Lolan brought up Saharan. Her face drooped a little and she softly said, "Saharan...I haven't been back home in...years..." she said rather sadly, which resulted in Kieran to look at her sister with an equally sad look, and gently placed a hand on her shoulder for a brief moment. "It has been a while since we were last home...What, six years now...?" she asked rather redundantly, which resulted in Aetrius silently nodding. But eventually she perked up again a little and peered over her shoulder at Linde, "If you don't mind me asking...What is Cre' Est like, anyway..? I've never been there, even with all the places I've been to..." she said as she turned back to the way they were headed, a bit of a sad look remained on her face as she reminisced about Saharan, and how she actually missed home, but knew she could never go back, at least not by herself.

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Josephine only nodded as Lonan answered about his grandfather.

Meanwhile, Linde smiled at Aetri and chuckled softly.

"The capital city of Cre' Est is a very vibrant and welcoming place. There's lots to see and even more to do. I'm certain you'll enjoy your stay."

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

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Josephine observed his movements intently, committing them and the unusual grip to memory as she considered the possibilities of the grip's technical differences from the standard grip.

"It will do for now." She said calmly, leaning back in her chair after finishing her meal.

"Another thought occurred to me just now."

"Sir Arzura. Tell me, if you please... Did you ever in your entire life question the foundation of what you were taught with respect to combat?"

Meanwhile, Linde was recovering from the nausea and sat back down next to Aetrius. She was getting a little sleepy, but didn't wish to show it. Instead, she simply leaned against Aetrius and rested her head on her shoulder.

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Lonán paused a moment at the question. Did he at one point in his life question the lessons he was taught? Did he question the very thing he was raised to be good at? He took a deep breath as he smiled a bit. ”After my Grandmother died, I wondered why she even bothered to teach me what she knew with the time she had left. I asked The Old Wolf what the point of even learning the life of a warrior shortly after that. I expected him to not answer and make me do a stance and hold it for long hours on end. But instead, he took me to his forge, and placed me on his knee. I remember the day well. His green eyes seemed to have the same steel his younger days held.” Lonán explained. He then took a seat nearest to Josephine as he prepared to explain further.

”He told me this; ‘The Life of a Warrior, whether or not you choose to accept it is a part of your blood. It’s not an easy road. One day you will find something to fight for. I hope on that day, you understand.’ Well, the day came as I forged and shaped my sword at eighteen. I understood that what they were teaching me was how to stand on my own two feet. To continue the Legacy of the Clan the way I deemed fit, whether or not the Old Wolf decides to give me the Berserker’s helm, and place the same burdens he bared when he was my age.” He continued, ”Whatever path I chose, I would always remember my Clan, my family. And if I survived long enough to have a family of my own, I’d pass on that Legacy to them. That is my foundation. That was the point I questioned.”

He then stared at the fire, lacing his fingers together taking deep breaths. He never opened up about how he felt about his upbringing, and the experience he gained from earning that grain of wisdom from Magnus. This was a new experience for him. And it made his heart drum the same beat it took earlier this morning.

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Aetrius watched as Josephine asked Lolan to demonstrate several forms of fighting, and couldn't help but study the motions and movements and speed that he used to his advantage. She kept note of it if she ever needed to, but as their day had been nothing but travel, she was slowly growing tired, and yawned softly as Linde laid her head on her shoulder. She had remained sitting there for a while as the others spoke and told stories of their family, and eventually she found herself drifting off to sleep, she slowly rose to her feet and stretched, "As we have another long day of travel tomorrow, I'll be turning in early, suggest you lot do the same soon enough...Goodnight." she gave them all a nod, and specifically gave Josephine a lingering look before she turned her back on them and entered he tent that was closer to the horses and prepared for bed in her tent.

Kieran looked at the others and remained sitting there, looking up at the sky as the fire flickered across her face, seeing the flames create a dance of light and shadows. She took in the night air, as she hadn't been out of Veilbrand for three years, and she began to relish in the moment and take in the fact she was now free. But eventually she too felt sleepy and joined Rose in their shared tent that was next to Linde's and Aetrius and turned in for the night as well. "Pleasure to meet you all, and you Josephine. Have a goodnight." she said as she gave a bow and left for the desire of sleep and rest overcame the used to be slave.

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The night had passed by all too quickly for the whole group yet again, as the sun had slowly begun to rise above the horizon. Aetrius slowly began to stir from her recent daily reaction of being woken up early by the sunlight, but she remained in her half awake half asleep phase as she remained in her position of cuddling Linde. But as she went to close her eyes yet again as sleep was all but too tempting, an all too familiar sound began to slowly make its way towards them again, resulting in Aetrius quickly getting out of her spot and began to put on her armor and weapons by her side as she listened to the sound, metal on metal, countless of footsteps, and horses. Her heart began to sank as she could only think of one thing, the people from Veilbrand managed to find them after all.

She held her weapon by the grip, and slowly began to exit the tent, as she motioned for Linde to stay inside out of pure instinct. As she exited, she saw that the others had the same instinct and idea and decided to get out while they could instead of being lying ducks. But what was there surprised Aetrius, it was a group of heavily armed soldiers equally armed with heavy weapons, and crests on their armor Aetrius couldn't recognize. She glared at them as they slowly enclosed the space between their encampment and the road. Aetrius looked at Kieran who stood by her as well, "Kieran, who are these men...? I don't recognize the symbol..." she said softly and casually, Kieran gritted her teeth and held her weapon closer to her body as she recognized them, "Yes...They're Egruus, The Dictator's men, he sends them out fairly regularly just to keep an eye on things. And to make sure no one is causing any trouble. As long as we leave them alone, and pose no threat, we should be fine. Just don't do anything brash." she said softly. Aetrius nodded ever so slightly and kept her eyes trailed on the men as she conversed with Kieran quietly, "How do you know them and I don't..?" Kieran slowly looked down and away, then back up as she spoke with a saddened voice, "When we were first seperated, and I was taken from the city where you were, me and the slavers ran into them...Clearly I'm fine, but they're not good news, I'll tell you that much.." she said.

Aetrius gripped her weapon tighter by the hilt as she listened, "So you've been to Cre' Est before, then..." her voice was slightly angered, as she realized how far and wide Kieran had been transported, the realization making her sick. "Yes..For..Business purposes in the past...I'm sorry.." her voice dipped a bit, as shame and memories came back in waves, which resulted in Aetrius gently squeezing her hand, she peered over at Kyero, "So, what do we do then, Kyero...?" she said as she awaited her orders.

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The next morning, Kyero glanced to the side to observe the soldiers as they approached from down the road on their patrol. He kept his hood down, but remained seated on his tree stump. Linde, meanwhile, stayed beside Aetrius after waking up groggily and holding her arm to her chest.

”Just let them pass.” He said quietly.

The minutes ticked by as the soldiers passed through and disappeared over the hill.

Kyero sighed.

"Good."

Josephine emerged from her tent fully dressed and prepared to travel.

"Good morning, everyone... What did I miss?" She asked innocently.

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Aetrius listened as Kyero said to just let them pass, and so she did, but that didn't stop her from staring them down all the while until they had gotten far enough away again. She was only shaken out of her state as she felt her arm being pulled by something, then the feeling of warmth and something soft. Aetrius couldn't help but stiffen up at the contact and as she peered to look over to see who and what her arm was against, she felt her face turn a bright pink as to what was before her. Just remain calm, all is right with the world. This is okay, this...is...Holy Heresta save me..., she thought to herself as she could only helplessly stand there with her arm in Linde's dead arm lock. Kieran looked over and chuckled as she walked away, "Might as well just get a room, you two." she chuckled and began to prepare food for the group with Rose's help as they'd be heading out again. Aetrius shot Kieran a sharp and deadly glare, and then looked back as Josephine as what she had missed.

Aetrius was only able to chuckle, but not in a good way, how she managed to over sleep through the sound of soldiers and never mind be so carefree about it, annoyed her a bit as her left eyebrow twitched. "A whole group of soldiers just passed through here. What's more worrisome is that you slept through it, and didn't seem to notice." she said rather sharply and coldly, as she looked at the blood haired woman that stood across from her.

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”Hmm...”

She looked out to the path and saw the footprints.

”I suppose I did.”

She shrugged and gathered all of her belongings, folded up her tent, and tossed all of it into the saddlebags on her horse's saddle. She checked her blade in its sheath and hopped into the saddle.

”Are we good to move on?”

Linde was still in her night gown and half asleep holding Aetri's arm between her bewbs and blinked lazily.

”Do we have to leave right noooooow?” She grumbled.

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Lonán was wide awake when he heard the soldiers. He waited for them to pass before he emerged with his armor on and his things thoroughly packed. He nodded to everyone a good morning nod as he noticed Josephine was just about ready to go. ”Guess this means breakfast on the road.” he muttered to himself. He noticed Linde was still in her nightgown as he tried hard to not look directly at her. When he heard her question though he had no choice but to contribute an answer.

”Considering one of us is in a hurry most likely. I suggest you wake yourself up the rest of the way Linde and get changed.” He said as he began to get Hawk set up and ready for the day and gave the horse half an apple and a carrot for breakfast. From the way everyone got slightly spooked by the passing soldiers, it’d be a Really long day, but at least they’d be on the road for Cre’est. The thought of separating from Miss Dezantro However put an odd weight on his mind.

However He’d still have to talk to Linde later in the day after they got started on their way. He needed an answer for the drumming heartbeat he felt when seeing Josephine and the times talking to her. The fact she was in her armor made the heartbeat jump a bit.

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Aetrius watched as Josephine packed her things and and mounted her horse, declaring they'd leave now instead of in a few minutes. She sighed, and began to prepare her things as well, taking down the tent and packing things up, food would have to wait for the road. As Lolan spoke up of Linde having to get changed, Aetrius agreed, but she was not prepared for what would happen after she said the following, "Come on, Linde. Hurry up and get changed, we're heading out." she said as she placed things on Bree.

Linde rubbed her eyes sleepily with one hand.

"Mmm... Okay..." She mumbled.

Linde let go of Aetrius' arm and, to everyone's shock save Kyero's, she began to tug at the shoulder straps of her night gown pulling them to the side and exposing her shoulders. If she let go of them... The nightgown would drop to the ground.

Aetrius watched as Linde slowly began to get undressed right in the middle of everything that was going on, her jaw slightly dropped and she felt her face turn a bright red. She quickly reacted on instinct, and attempted to quickly cover Linde with Aetrius' cloak, but she was quickly pulled back by something on her arm, she looked back to see Kieran holding her arm, "Wha...What the hell are you doing?" she growled, Kieran chuckled and kept her grip on Aetrius, "What? She's gotta learn one way or another to wake up and be on her toes. Hmm...I know." she said with a grin and let go of Aetrius, and pushed her forwards, "H-huh, wha..!" she exclaimed as Aetrius lost balance and ended up tripping and landing on something. Kieran smirked and dusted her hands and turned back to join the others, seeing her plan had been a success.

Linde made an "Mmmm" sound as Aetrius was pushed forward and fell face first into Linde's now bare chest as the night gown fell to the ground around her ankles. Thank the Gods she had undergarments on to protect her... Ahem... Area.

Linde grunted a little as Aetrius fell into her chest, but looked down at Aetrius with a smile and chuckled sleepily as she kissed the top of Aetri's head.

"Mmmm I love you too... But we need ta git going..." She mumbled.

Aetrius found her face turning a bright red as Linde spoke, only being able to awkwardly fumble about and away from Linde, only after she threw her cloak over Linde, keeping it closed as she held it tightly in her hands, looking away from Linde as she found herself getting a bit light headed and her face felt warm, "J-just get dressed, we-we need to leave as soon as we can." she said as she looked away, her face bright red, and looked back at Kieran and gave her a powerful and bitter glare, which only resulted in Kieran grinning and giving her a wink as she turned tail with the others and started to leave, leaving Aetrius alone with Linde.

Linde mumbled in agreement and started going to her tent to get dressed. A few minutes later she emerged clothed and yawning as she and Aetrius folded up their tent, put it in the saddle bag, and began to leave with everyone else.

Aetrius let Linde get back into her clothing and helped get her things packed and loaded on Bree, and after they finished packing, Aetrius helped Linde get onto Bree, and got on herself and once they were ready, Aetrius pushed her heels into the horse's sides and eventually caught up with the others. Kieran looked at Aetrius and grinned and mouthed, "You're welcome." to her, which only resulted in a low growl from Aetrius, who looked straight ahead and tried to not get anymore flustered than she already was.

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Lonán’s eyes widened at the scene layer out to him as he turned to focus solely on Hawk. ”Again?! Again?!” He thought angrily in a mental rant and rave, with his blush turning as red as his hair. ”Linde’s going to be the death of me! Heresta! I get the message! I need to have a mate while I’m still young!”

He glared daggers At Kieran as he got onto his horse. What a terrible sister to embarrass her like that. ”I thought elder siblings were supposed to be figures of respect. Then again, I don’t know who amongst my Father and Uncle was the elder brother.” he said aloud as he rode in the middle of the pack. Indeed, if it weren’t for Zedar’s Habit of dyeing his hair, there’d be no way of telling him apart from Baldur. Until of course, the latter’s forced retirement injury causing a very visible limp in his right leg.

His father. What Josephine said resounded still in his mind about his father. Did his father have the capacity to forgive himself? He didn’t stay home long enough to know what his thoughts were on the Situation. Only about the gambling debt and how said debt virtually ended his chances in joining the Military. He thought on that for a moment, before moving his focus once more on the road ahead. Hopefully they’d reach Cre’est soon.

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Josephine had ridden slightly ahead and didn't see the shenanigans taking place behind her. But as Lonan rode up behind her and, soon after, Aetrius and Linde rode up ahead, she sighed softly in contentment.

Meanwhile, holding Aetrius' stomach, Linde rested her chin on Aetri's shoulder and hummed a soft tune contentedly.

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Aetrius sat utop Bree with her back straight, head held high and her eyes constantly scanning the view infront of them, making sure everything was safe for them. She kept her swords by her side, and her bow was attached to the side of the saddle, and the supplies tied down behind Linde. The latter of who was humbing a calming tune in Aetrius' ear, which caused her to relax a bit, but maintain her posture. Kieran moved their horse closer to Aetrius and Linde, which resulted in a groan from Aetrius. Kieran looked at her and chuckled, "Look, I'm sorry okay? What I did back there was meant to be wholesome fun...I'm sorry.." she said softly, looking back at Linde as she awkwardly rubbed the back of her neck and blushed, feeling a big bad at what she caused. Aetrius gave Kieran a look, one that they only understood, it was one of understanding. The two smiled and nodded, and kept their eyes open and alert to anything that may come across their path. Meanwhile Rose rolled her eyes at the sisters and chuckled, and looked at Linde and only shook her head as she kept her arms around Kieran for support.

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Josephine nodded.

”Indeed. Getting caught in a Cre' Itian tornado is a death sentence.”

Up ahead, with Linde and Aetrius, Linde smiled at Kieran as she apologized to Aetri and kissed Aetri's neck.

"It's nice to see you two getting along." She whispered.

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Aetrius listened as Lolan and Josephine talked about the weather and how they best be on the look out for bad weather that could be heading their way, she kept an eye on that and nodded. She remained looking ahead when she heard Linde speak up, and how she was glad to see her and Kieran getting along, and as she was about to talk she felt Linde kiss the side of her neck that caused her to blush.

Kieran grinned and chuckled looking at Linde, "Ya know, I've never seen her light up like this. Not even with her past relationships." she gave Aetrius is a sly grin and then whistled a casual tune from Saharan, which resulted in Aetrius to give a low growl and slump into the saddle some, yet again.

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Linde chuckled for Kieran and nodded silently as Aetrius grumbled and slumped into the saddle. So, to cheer her up, Linde began humming an old Shaharan war march theme she'd heard growing up when learning about the nation and its people. And through some of the pauses, she whispered.

”I'm happy, my love.” And kissed her cheek.

Two days later the group acme to the border between Cre' Est and Veilbrand. They passed a checkpoint easily enough and continued on their way. That evening they pitched camp, but Kyero was on edge the entire evening from sundown until now. As the moon rose high overhead and everyone was beginning to sleep, Kyero was wide awake and scanning the tree line sensing something malevolent in the area.

But was it a person? An animal? Or something else altogether?

Sensing a rise of malevolent intent, Kyero stood up slowly and drew both of his daggers. The moon light overhead shone through the transparent green metal highlighting the solid black core running from the handle to the tip. Kyero's senses tracked a presence through the trees from left to right and back again. He couldn't see or hear anything, but he could sense it.

He felt a low rumbling not in the ground, but the very air itself as he continued to track this presence. And inside Kyero heard a deep, dark voice which he was all too familiar with...

You cannot defeat this presence alone.

Be silent. I don't need your help.

If you do not accept my help, it will kill someone. Perhaps even you.

You won't let your vessel die.

True. And you won't let them die... So what will it be?

If and only if it attacks, I will do whatever I must to stop it. But I refuse to rely on you.

Very well. But if I sense a danger to my vessel, I will help whether you like it or not.

You will try.

The voice in his head went silent, and Kyero's focus tightened. His blades came up defensively, reflecting and directing the moon's light into the tree line trying to illuminate something... But nothing could be seen. Until-

!!!

For the briefest moment, Kyero's eyes caught sight of pitch black fur only illuminated by the subtle flash of light from his dagger. It was large... Very large, whatever it was. Pitch black and stalking so silently even his sharp ears heard nothing. The only thing he could do was sense it. But why? Why could he sense it? No animal had this level of malicious intent that he could literally feel it. So what was...

... No...

Kyero's mind finally caught up with all of the signs as the faintest hint of a red glow emanated from the darkness before disappearing, taking the feeling of this creature with it. Kyero looked at his daggers and saw his hands were shaking. He was actually shaking. Him. The Red-Eyed Demon.

"What was that thing?" He whispered to himself.

Kyero cautiously sheathed his daggers and sat down. Feelings something foreign run down his forehead, he wiped it with a finger and found it to be a drop of sweat. Something Kyero almost never did unless he was overexerting himself. So for him to sweat for this... Kyero looked back to the darkness. Nothing was there, and his senses had relaxed. But still his hand quivered at the thought of whatever that thing was.

"... Is this what it's like to know fear?" He whispered softly to himself.

Meanwhile, his ears picked up something new. He turned his head towards Josephine's tent and heard the faint, slightly muffled whimpers of Josephine in her sleep... She was crying. He could tell. A welling of negative emotions were overtaking her in her dreams. Or, rather, her nightmares.

Kyero dipped his head beneath his hood and closed his eyes, waiting for the morning.

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The two days passed by easily and rather quickly, with little to no hassle along the way. But eventually they arrived at their destination, the boarder of Cre' Est. They had set up camp that night, ate dinner, talked around the fire again, and all went to bed at some point. When the morning arose, the sun light of the tents, warming them up and casting it ever bright orange glow everywhere. By this time though, Aetrius was already out of her tent and nowhere to be seen, Kieran slowly awoke from her slumber and looked around, and sensing something was off. She looked to a small hill in the distance, surrounded by trees and saw a figure in the distance, she decided to investigate and slowly made her way there. Eventually she closed in the distance, and saw a red haired woman sitting down, back facing Kieran. Kieran chuckled and walked up, and sat down next to Aetrius, who sat with her knees held to her chest and her chin resting on her knees. They both remained silent as they looked out in the distance, until one of them spoke up softly, "Can I ask you a question...?" her voice came out softly, as if it was almost a whisper.

Aetrius nodded silently, barely moving her head, but Kieran understood her all too well and understood her message. "Why..Why did you come and look for me in Veilbrand? I know it's been a few days now, but since we left you never told me anything...You've remained rather distant...Am I that different to you know? Do you look at me differently because of what I was forced into? I'd understand if you did, but even then..." her voice died down some, as Kieran looked down and couldn't help as tears slowly trickled down her face. Aetrius continued to remained silent for a few moments, not out of anger or resentment, or even disappointment, it was because she was trying to find the words to say, not even the right words, but words to say in general. She sat there for a few more moments in silence, Kieran nodded and slowly began to stand up, taking the silence as a way of telling her to leave Aetrius alone. But as Kieran turned to leave, a soft voice spoke up behind her.

"I'm not mad at you, Kie...I never have been. You're my sister, and my best friend. You're the only family and friend that I have left from my old life. You've always been the one person I could count on to survive. You were always by my side. For years we had each others back. Always looking out for each other, even when I was an outcast among our clan, you always had my back...Even when...Even when I was marked you were the one who believed in me. You left Saharan because you knew I didn't have a place there anymore. You left because of me, and because of me you eventually got sold and wrapped up into something that resulted in me having to go and find you, after who knows what you've been through..." her voice dying down as her long, breathless ramble and mess of words were expelled from her lips. She remained silent as she softly caught her breath, and after a few deep breaths she spoke up again, "I blame myself, Kieran. For what happened to you. It was my fault you got put into that situation. You should hate me by now..I do. I've hated myself for years because of what happened back there. because I couldn't help you..." she said softly and looked down, her own tears finding their way down her face. Kieran slowly walked infront of Aetrius, and crouched down, gently lifting her currently tear stained chin to look at her.

"You are my sister. Just as Saharans, family means everything to us, regardless as to what had happened. Just as you say, you're all that I have as well. We share the same blood, what runs through me, runs through you. I will always be there for you, just as you had always been there for me. Regardless to what happened all those years ago, regardless of what you've become since our departing...There is one thing you will always be to me." she said softly, as she sat down with Aetrius, hands covered by her own soft and smooth hands. Aetrius looked at Kieran with a raised eyebrown, "You will always be my little sister." she said as she wrapped her arms around Aetrius, and gave her a tight hug, resulting in Aetrius to fully break down into a heartbreaking wail as she wrapped her own arms around Kieran tightly, and continued shaking all the while she cried.

For so long did she blame herself for losing Kieran, and for even losing a part of who she was in Kieran. Knowing that she finally had her sister back again, and that Kieran didn't blame her for anything, or hold any resentment towards her, she couldn't help but finally let all of her emotions out, all of the self doubt and hate, sadness and anger, anxiety and stress, all came out as she cried into her sisters arms until she had nothing left to cry out. And so that sat, on that small hill in the distance, as Kieran hummed Aetrius a soft tune their mother used to always sing to them in their times of sadness, one that always helped calm down a sad Aetrius, but this time it only caused her to cry more, and silently they sat there until it was time for them to leave camp.

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Linde awoke late and wandered out of the tent in a night gown hanging halfway off her left shoulder nearly showing something from her left breast. Kyero, being the nearest to her, fixed it for her which made her smile sleepily at him and pat his shoulder in a friendly manner.

"MmmmthanksKyero." She slurred as she yawned.

Josephine emerged from her tent just afterwards dressed fully in her armor and prepared for the day whilst also already taking down her tent and folding it up to attach it to her saddle bags.

Kyero was ready to move as well, taking up his place at the middle of the pack with his pack and cloak up as he walked along the path. Josephine was second from the front behind Aetrius who had since pulled Linde up to sit behind her after the latter had woken up and gotten properly dressed. Meanwhile, Lonan was close behind her riding on Hawk.

And together they all took off further into Cre' Est. The junction where Josephine would part ways from them was fast approaching, and Linde had sort of started to like her as a member of the group even if she was largely silent unless asked something first. She'd miss her.